Fox Control

Overview

Shoalhaven City Council participates in fox control activities in cooperation with a range of state and Federal Government agencies including:

  • National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS)
  • Land and Property Management Authority (LPMA)
  • Defence Department
  • Landcare groups
  • Local landowners

These activities and programs are designed to protect the endangered species that live in the Shoalhaven, as well as reduce the impact of fox damage in agricultural industries.

What Council does

Fox baiting on Council land

Fox baiting is part of a coordinated program that involves Shoalhaven City Council, NPWS, LPMA, Livestock Health and Pest Authority and other government agencies, Landcare groups and landowners.

This program is part of a wider program, including trapping and shooting, designed to reduce the threat of attack from foxes to endangered species and livestock in the Shoalhaven.

Why Council does this

Fox baiting, trapping and shooting has been used over several years and has contributed to the improved survival chances of local populations of endangered species and livestock.

Other significant additional benefits to farmers and landowners in the area are the protection of:

  • Small livestock
  • Significant populations of Australian mammals, lizards, turtles and birds

What you can do

Report fox activity

You can report feral pest activity through the Feral Scan website.

FeralScan is hosted by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and supports regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) groups, local Councils, and landholders.

Visit:

  • Feral Scan
    • Download the Mobile App from App Store for iPhone or Google Play Store for Android
    • Report the exact location and time of the sighting on the map

Reports close to endangered species sites are especially valuable and will be followed up during key time periods.

Foxes are not a declared pest, and hence landowners do not have any legal responsibility for controlling foxes on their land. 

Report a problem

You can also report fox issues to Council:

Homemade fox trap

One resident has responded to fox attacks on his poultry by building his own fox trap from recycled materials. The fox-feral dog trap was constructed from 2 bed frames with reinforcing mesh for the floor and a trigger arm and angle iron.

All materials were sourced from available scrap and the local recycle Centre. The total cost for materials was approximately $9.00. Labour time was a couple of hours assembling and welding and, hey presto, a functioning trap.

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Last updated on 17 March 2020