Outfoxing destructive foxes

23 June 2020 11:00 AM

The City of Kalamunda is undertaking trapping of foxes in Fred Eversden Reserve, commencing 29 June 2020, following reports of an active fox having significant impact on local wildlife.

Residents are asked to please ensure all dogs are on lead and cats are kept inside over the coming weeks. Soft foot traps will be utilised. There is little risk that the traps are a danger to humans.

Control of foxes is an important part of the protection of biodiversity within the City of Kalamunda. Foxes contribute to the loss of natural habitat and the decline of native mammals and animals including nesting birds and reptiles across Australia.  They can also cause a nuisance for residents with domestic poultry, livestock and pets.

Under the Biosecurity and Agricultural Management (BAM) Act (2007) foxes are a declared pest. The trapping and use of soft catch jawed traps will be in accordance with the permit issued by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development: Agriculture and Food.

A licenced operator has been hired to set traps and signage, and to humanly euthanise any foxes caught. Under the Health (pesticides) Regulations 2011, all companies and personnel employed by companies involved in management of pests must be licensed and registered with the Department.

In keeping with requirements of the Animal Welfare Act (2002) and Regulations (2003) and the BAM Act (2007) and Regulations (2013), signage will be placed at the entrances of the reserve when trapping is being conducted and within proximity of where the trap is placed. 

The trap will be set after dark and removed in the early hours of the morning.

Community members who use the reserve during these hours are required to obey the signs. Pet owners are urged to walk their dogs on a leash and keep cats confined to their property.

Find further information on foxes in the City here.

Please direct queries to 9257 9809 or enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au

© City of Kalamunda 2020