Fox Baiting Program
Predation by the European Red Fox is considered to be a major threat to the survival of native fauna. Given the threat that the fox poses to numerous endangered and vulnerable species, it has been listed as a key threatening process under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1979. One fox can eat up to 100 native animals a year, and will harass or kill domestic pets such as chickens, guinea pigs and rabbits. Foxes can also spread diseases, such as mange, to our pet dogs.
What is council doing about the fox problem in The Hills Shire?
Since 2002 Council has been carrying out a successful fox eradication program within Bidjigal/Excelsior Reserve. Since the program has started we have had reports from local residents and bush carers of a decrease in fox sightings and an increase in native fauna sightings.
The baiting program is designed to reduce the risk of bait consumption by native animals and pets. The baits are buried greater than 10cm underground as studies show that most native animals are not interested in or capable of eating buried bait. Cats are highly unlikely to dig up the baits and dogs are prohibited from the reserve during the baiting program (signage along the reserve boundarys will inform you when). Prior to baiting a non-poison period (or "free feed") is undertaken to establish if any animals are visiting the site-if so baiting will be stopped at these bait stations.
What can you do about the Fox problem in The Hills Shire?
- Never feed foxes or leave out food scraps. Foxes love eating pet food - it's an easy meal! So make sure pet food is not left out for extended periods of time.
- Educate your family and friends about the impacts of foxes.
- Keep your pets out of bushland reserves, it keeps them safe and protects our native fauna.
Report any fox or native fauna sightings to the bushland team on 9686 8207.
Current Fox Control Program
Please be advised that a fox baiting program will commence in the local area.
1080 poison baits will be laid in the following Reserves:
- Bidjigal Reserve Managed by The Bidjigal Reserve Trust
- Excelsior Reserve Managed by The Hills Shire Council
Foxoff poison baits (containing 1080) will be buried in the above listed Reserves between:
Monday 11 March - Sunday 24 March 2013
The above mentioned Reserves will be closed to dogs between:
Monday 11 March - Sunday 21 April 2013
Dogs can return to these Reserves on Monday 22 April 2013.
Signs stating “Poison Baits Containing 1080” and “Dogs Prohibited” will be displayed in the relevant parks and reserves to notify the public about the program.