Soft padded foot hold traps are being established at a number of local reserves as the City of Kalamunda’s annual fox control program gets underway.
CEO Rhonda Hardy said, “The introduction of foxes has been a significant contributor to the loss of native animals. Control of foxes and feral cats is an important part of protecting the City of Kalamunda’s unique biodiversity.”
Maida Vale Reserve, Ledger Road Reserve, Brine Moran Reserve, Ray Owen Reserve and Hartfield Park are the high priority locations for this year’s program. Control methods will be carried out at each location for a period of 7 to 14 days until July.
The trapping program is carefully undertaken to comply with the permits obtained under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act. The City utilises soft padded foot hold traps, which are designed to limit the potential for injury. Traps are positioned in identified fox areas and away from designated public walking trails.
Warning signs are installed at entry points to reserves or within close proximity of the trapping area. Residents are urged to adhere to all signage in place, as ignoring them could put their pets at risk. Owners are also reminded to keep dogs on leads and ensure their cats are contained within their property.
Last year six mature foxes were caught; four females and two males. Monitoring the reserves after the trapping showed that one fox has continued to survive the trapping program. It is expected that more foxes will have moved back into areas vacated by the caught foxes, so an ongoing program of eradication is essential. If a fox den is identified, the City will also undertake den destruction.
The City coordinates its fox control program with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) who regularly bait the surrounding forests. The DBCA’s aerial baiting uses 1080 poison which does not harm local native animals. Both the City’s and DBCA’s programs have been responsible for assisting increases in numbers of small mammals including Woylies and Western Brush Wallabies.
Founder of Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre June Butcher highlighted the importance of controlling fox numbers in the City and Australia as a whole.
“Our native wildlife populations are under serious threat from foxes. They are one of Australia's most problematic pest animals and their primary impact is predation of livestock and native animals. Failure to control numbers could cause a major biosecurity threat should a disease such as rabies be introduced to Australia. Control programs are essential to the ongoing protection of our biodiversity, health and safety.”
To report a fox sighting, please contact the City’s parks and Environment Services team on 9257 9999 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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