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Funding boost for fox control

Funding boost for fox control The City of Canterbury Bankstown has received $28,000 in funding from the Public Reserves Management Fund Program, to continue its successful Fox Control Plan. No  

The City of Canterbury Bankstown has received $28,000 in funding from the Public Reserves Management Fund Program, to continue its successful Fox Control Plan.

Since its implementation in 2014, 28 foxes have been removed from the City.

Mayor, Khal Asfour, said the aim of the program was to control the fox population and minimise its impact on the City’s natural environment.

“Foxes are predatory species, known to roam quite close to urban environments, so it’s up to us to have a system in place, which aims to control their numbers,” Mayor Asfour said.

“They’re known to eat native birds, lizards and frogs, as well as backyard chickens.”

Three areas which are frequented by foxes include Riverwood, Panania and Picnic Point.

“A few areas that will be targeted with this funding will be around Salt Pan Creek, Lambeth Reserve, Kelso Waste Management Facility and East Hills Park,” Mayor Asfour said.

“We will also be looking at implementing this control in other parts of the City, including Waterworth Park in Earlwood and Cooks River Foreshore.”

Council has also had success in reducing fox numbers across the entire region after working with other neighbouring councils, with more than 100 foxes removed across the Southern Sydney region last year.

“This management program remains one of the most successful in Sydney, as it not only removes foxes when they’re a threat, but also enables residents to report fox sightings through the FoxScan app that enables Council to identify fox ‘hot spots’,” Mayor Asfour said.

“This app then reports back to Council and shows us where foxes wander, so we can better target management efforts.”

There’s a few simple things the community can do to avoid foxes coming close to their homes, including not leaving food outside, turning the outside lights off at night to prevent attracting insects, as well as ensuring pets or any farm animals are enclosed and safe from potential attack.

To report sightings of foxes, visit feralscan.org.au


 30/10/2017 2:57 PM