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Council continues robust fox management program

13 October, 2014

Brisbane residents are being encouraged to report any fox sightings in Brisbane to Council, to help most effectively target Council’s 2014/15 fox management capture programs.

Environment, Parks and Sustainability Chairman Cr Matthew Bourke said Council was targeting areas with sightings, and the program was focussed in high conservation areas such as bushland, parkland, wetlands, and Brisbane’s outer suburbs typically with small acreage property.

“I strongly encourage residents to report any sightings to Council to make sure that we’re spending the dollars most effectively to catch as many foxes as possible to have a real positive impact on the environment,” he said.

“We also ask that people be proactive in protecting their homes, by constructing fox proof enclosures to secure domestic pets and poultry at night, removing feeding stations for local native wildlife, disposing of food scraps, uneaten pet food and excess fruit dropped by trees, and covering up compost.”

Cr Bourke said Council was proactive in fox management with an ongoing annual program, which saw 35 capture programs carried out in last financial year resulting in 54 fox captures.

“Council has increased its spending to more than $1 million this financial year to implement a robust Invasive Species Management Plan for Brisbane, including managing invasive species such as European Red Foxes,” Cr Bourke said.

“The European red fox is the only species of fox in Brisbane and is the most adaptable of the introduced predators. They are declared pest animals under the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002 and pose a serious threat to native wildlife and domestic animals.

Cr Bourke said Council had already conducted seven reactive capture programs with 20 captures this financial year in:
• Willawong – 6 captures,
• Pinjarra Hills – 5 captures,
• Paddington – 2 captures,
• Burbank – 3 captures,
• The Gap – 1 capture,
• Deagon – 1 capture,
• Moggill – 2 captures.

“Council has also proactively planned capture programs in 27 natural bushland and green areas, with some upcoming including The Gap and Parkinson Bushlands this month, and Mt Coot-tha Reserve in December, as well as the Boondall Wetlands and Toohey Forest Park,” he said.

Council remains committed to the ongoing management of declared pest animals. Soft foot traps designed to firmly hold the fox while eliminating injury. [Ends] OCTOBER 13, 2014

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