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Foxes (Vulpes vulpes) were introduced to Australia from Europe by English settlers in the 1800s for sports hunting. Foxes now occur across most of the Australian mainland, with the exception of the far north. Foxes utilise a wide variety of habitats and are present in both urban and rural areas.

Foxes:
  • Have caused major declines, through predation, in native mammals, birds, amphibians rodents and reptiles
  • Cause serious economic damage to agricultural industries through predation on lambs, calves and poultry
  • Carry disease, including hydatids and mange

What can you do?

  • Protect pets by fox proofing all small animal housing, including aviaries and chicken pens
  • Do not leave food accessible to foxes. This includes pet food and scraps. Secure all rubbish bins
  • Protect livestock by installing electric fencing around enclosures and using fox proof housing or guard animals (Llamas, donkeys or domestic dogs)
  • Control foxes on your property. Assistance may be available to some landholders from NSW Local Land Services for baiting, trapping or den fumigation
  • Talk to your neighbours to collectively manage foxes
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