City Collaborates with State Government to Improve Control of Fox Pests

25 February 2022 11:30 AM

The City of Kalamunda is working with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) to coordinate fox control efforts within the City.

There have been reported sightings throughout the district over the summer period so far, with stories of fearless foxes coming into close contact with people on the streets and in backyards. This is common this time of year as the young foxes leave the den to seek out their own territory.

A fox on Gunbar Road Reserve in Kalamunda. This fox has a Quenda in its mouth. Adjacent to an artificial Quenda habitat. Picture property of the City of Kalamunda.A Fox caught on monitoring video of a quenda habitat in a reserve in Kalamunda

Mayor Margaret Thomas said that the collaboration with the State Government and the community is vital in the control of foxes.

“The best time to manage foxes is around March, so we have been working with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions closely in preparing a coordinated approach to fox control in our City.”, she said

“Our teams have been busy mapping all reported sightings to identify fox clusters and will then focus on these areas over the coming month. Like many issues this is one that takes a whole of community approach and shared responsibility.”

Foxes are a declared species under the WA Biosecurity and Agricultural Management Act and it is the responsibility of all land managers, including residents, to control this species if found on their land. Foxes not only kill our small native animals, they can also kill domestic animals, spread disease and impact bushland.

The Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) is an introduced species from the northern hemisphere now well adapted itself in all habitat types across Australia including the Perth hills and Swan Coastal plain. They have large territories and can travel up to 10 km out of their home territory. Foxes are omnivores (eats both plants and animals) and are excellent, agile hunters.

Residents who see a fox or evidence of a fox are encouraged to report it and. For more information contact the City of Kalamunda on (08) 9257 9999, email enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au 

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