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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

Fox trapping program, Tweed Coast Regional Crown Reserve

Recent camera monitoring and detector dog surveys in high conservation bushland on the Tweed Coast has recorded a ‘hot spot’ of fox activity in areas of Fingal Head. Foxes pose a significant threat to native wildlife, domestic pets and livestock.

In a bid to minimise the impact of foxes in the local area, a soft jaw trapping program will be implemented by specialist trapping contractors, Reconeco. This program will support the 1080 baiting programs that have been implemented for foxes on the Tweed Coast in recent times.

Access to the trapping site is prohibited to everyone, except for staff involved in the trapping. All tracks leading into each of the trapping areas will be clearly signposted.

It is the responsibility of each individual to keep themselves and their children and pets out of the trapping area.

Should any domestic dogs be trapped during the trapping period, they will be taken to Councils interim animal holding facility.

Trapping Period: 9 March to 20 March 2020. This time period will be extended if needed. Additional information will be provided should that occur. Traps will be covered, and therefore inactive, over the weekend that falls within this trapping period.

Trapping location: Fingal Head peninsula, south of the headland and east of Fingal Road to Dreamtime Beach.

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