Foxes (Vulpes vulpes) were introduced to Australia by English settlers in the 1800s for sports hunting.
Foxes now live across most of the Australian mainland, with the exception of the far north. They live in both urban and rural areas.
Foxes have caused major declines in native mammals, birds, amphibians rodents and reptiles.
They cause serious economic damage to agricultural industries through predation on lambs, calves and poultry. They also 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 (including pet food) accessible to foxes. 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.
Pest animal control
From Monday 5 June to Friday 16 June
Recent camera monitoring has recorded pest animal activity in the coastal bushland areas at Kingscliff, Bogangar, Hastings Point, Pottsville, and Fingal Head. Species recorded on the cameras has included foxes, feral cats and European hares, which have all been introduced to Australia.
A highly experienced specialist contractor will carry out trapping and control works to reduce the pest animals in the local area.
- Bogangar to Pottsville:
Control works will be carried out in the crown reserve coastal bushland areas between the Goanna Track, Bogangar (south of Norries Headland) and Elfran Ave, Pottsville.
Works will be carried out overnight from 7 pm to 5 am. Areas will be temporarily closed when works are underway.
The Pottsville Environment Park will be temporarily closed to public access each evening from 7 pm to 5 am when works are underway.
- Control works at Pottsville Wetland (Kellehers Road) and Cudgerie Creek Bushland Reserve. These areas will be temporarily closed when works are underway.
- Control works will also occur at Letitia Spit, Fingal Head. This area will be temporarily closed during this time.
Public access to all locations is prohibited during the dates and times advised on signage. Penalties apply for non-compliance.
If any domestic pets are caught in traps they will be taken to the temporary Tweed Shire Council animal pound. Collection can be organised by calling 02 6670 2400 and you can view impounded animals at the Tweed pound page.
If you have questions about these works, contact Council’s program leader - pest management wildlife protection on 02 6670 2400.
Public notification of 1080 baiting
Property owners are warned to keep their working and domestic dogs and cats confined to their property and ensure they do not enter the baiting location during and after poisoning. In the event of an accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.
Round Mountain, Cudgera Creek and Pottsville
1080 fox/wild dog baits will be laid on properties around Round Mountain, Cudgera Creek and Pottsville from 15 May to 15 September 2023. Public notification(PDF, 237KB)
If you have questions about these works, contact Council’s program leader - pest animals wildlife protection on 02 6670 2400.