Foxes

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.

Fox

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

Recent camera monitoring has recorded pest animal activity in coastal bushland areas at Kingscliff, Bogangar, Hastings Point and Pottsville. Species recorded on cameras have included foxes, feral cats and European hares, which have all been introduced to Australia.

Foxes and hares have been recorded in numbers that will have a negative impact on biodiversity. In response, Councils pest management wildlife protection program area has hired a specialist contractor to implement control works in priority areas.

Dates: 20 to 25 May 2024

Locations:

  • Cudgen Foreshore Park
  • Sutherland Point / Cudgen headland
  • Tweed Coast north of Hastings Point, opposite the Cabarita Beach Pony Club
  • Tweed Coast from Yugari Drive, Hastings Point to Elfran Avenue, Pottsville
  • Burbi Reserve / Koala Research Hub at the end of Lomandra Avenue, Koala Beach Estate
  • Pottsville Environment Park
  • Pottsville Wetland (South)
  • Cudgerie Creek Bushland Reserve

All areas where control is being implemented will be clearly signposted, and all residents and visitors are asked to follow directions included on the signs.   

Sites are temporarily closed for public safety while works are underway. Penalties apply to people who access sites against direction included on signage.

Public notification of 1080 baiting

Property owners are warned to keep their working and domestic dogs and cats confined to their properties and ensure they do not enter the baiting location during and after baiting. 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 1 May to 31 August 2024. Public notification(PDF, 361KB)

If you have questions about these works, contact Council’s program leader - pest animals wildlife protection on 02 6670 2400.