Successful feral pest control safeguards our wildlife

31 August 2020 2:00 PM

The City of Kalamunda has successfully conducted feral fox and rabbit control in local parks and reserves in its commitment to remove invasive and destructive species.

A recent fox control program at Mundy Regional Park – Crumpet Creek, in collaboration with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), effectively removed five foxes. As a result, four males and one female fox are no longer predating on our precious wildlife.

Licenced contractors working at Falls Farm, Maida Vale Reserve and adjacent Watsonia Rd; Grange Cr in the Maida Vale area; and Nicholson Cr, Lesmurdie have been systematically reducing feral rabbit populations. A multi-pronged approach is being undertaken for maximum effectiveness, with minimum impact on other species, including netting, cages, biocontrol, and filling in and fumigating warrens.

The annual control programs were implemented following reports of multiple sightings by the community. The City controls introduced, pest animals, such as the Red Fox and European Rabbits as defined by the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007. The rabbit population has been a particular pest recently with numbers booming due to large quantities of plant growth, including native seedlings, being available for them to feed on.

Mayor Margaret Thomas said, “We appreciate the community keeping us informed of feral pests and damage to our parks and reserves. We have taken significant feedback from the community requesting control of these species and noting their concerns. The City is listening to the community. Our team of committed staff are working hard behind the scenes to put our environmental plans into action, with minimal impact to our residents and native species as possible.”

“Residents are to be commended for doing their bit and keeping their dogs on leads and their cats contained, during the fox trapping. We’d like to see this action continued to ensure both our furry friends and our native wildlife is kept safe.”

The Cat Act 2011 requires the identification, registration and sterilisation of domestic cats, and gives local governments the power to administer and enforce the legislation. The City encourages residents to ensure all cats are contained to their homes.

Under the Dog Act 1976 all dogs are required to be microchipped and registered. Dogs are required to be on leash, unless in an authorised exercise area. 

For more information please contact the City of Kalamunda on 9257 9999, email enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au.

© City of Kalamunda 2020