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Fight Against Foxes in the Blue Mountains

Source: Greater Sydney Local Land Services
Posted: 3 Jul 2020
Project coordinator Alison Towerton with Wentworth Falls resident Craig Sinclair
A new campaign will focus on fighting the impact of foxes on native wildlife in the upper Blue Mountains following the horror bushfire season.

Coordinated by Greater Sydney Local Land Services in partnership with Blue Mountains City Council and the Blue Mountains Conservation Society, the program aims to help smaller, more urbanised landholders in the area to control foxes in their own backyards.

“We are working to engage community members in fire affected areas between Woodford and Mt Victoria in control options outside of baiting and other methods that are only allowed on larger properties,” project coordinator Alison Towerton said.

“This includes cage trapping which can be very effective in urban areas.”

Ms Towerton said residents were able to loan a cage trap, a monitoring camera and access training from experts on how to most effectively, safely and humanely use them to catch foxes in the area.

Wentworth falls resident Craig Sinclair is one of around 15 locals already taking part in the program.

“I’ve always had an interest in wildlife conservation, and we are keen to know what was living in the bush around us, I set up a camera in my backyard and was shocked when all we got back was mostly pictures and videos of foxes,” he said.

“We used to see wallabies, possums and bird life.”

Mr Sinclair took part in a fox trapping workshop coordinated by Greater Sydney Local Land Services.

“That's where I heard about this program and I wanted to do my bit,” he said.

Ms Towerton said residents like Craig would also be supported to humanely dispose of foxes trapped throughout the program.

“Local vets have come on board and we have officers ready to come and collect them to make it as easy as possible.

“Our wildlife is more exposed than ever before having lost a significant amount of habitat and shelter,” she said.

“Foxes are also more mobile as they search for food and are more likely to be seen in urbanised areas.”

The program strictly adheres to national standard operating procedures and guidelines to ensure the ethical and humane considerations of animals when using traps as well as social distancing guidelines.

for further information on the new campaign. You can also view a step by step instructional video on cage trapping via the Greater Sydney Local Land Services YouTube channel.

The program is made possible through bushfire recovery funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare program.

 
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