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New measures to manage feral foxes around Sydney

Posted 16 September 2015 by (Hurstville News)

Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Vince Badalati today announced that Hurtsville City Council will be participating in a regional program to manage the problem of feral foxes in Southern Sydney.

He said that residents will now be able to immediately record sightings and evidence of foxes with a new App called FoxScan.

“This new online resource launched by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (IACRC) has been specifically designed for the southern Sydney region and will give participating Councils a better understanding of feral fox numbers and locations.

“Fourteen Councils across Sydney, in collaboration with Royal Botanical Gardens, are developing a regional approach to fox management,” he said.

“These Council areas contain numerous threatened species preyed on by foxes including; pied oyster catcher, little tern, green and golden bell frog, bush stone-curlew, powerful owl, giant burrowing frog and long-nosed bandicoot.

“Foxes are also attracted to residents’ backyard chickens as well as native mammals, birds, reptiles and frogs.”

Peter West, Project Leader with IACRC and Research Officer with NSW Department of Primary Industries said that this coordinated approach to monitoring fox sightings will help Councils tackle the fox problem in urban areas.

“Recording where you see foxes, how many and what problems they are causing can help local authorities and community groups develop strategies to reduce problems cause by foxes,” he said.

Participating councils are: Ashfield, Auburn, Bankstown, Canada Bay, Cantebury, City of Sydney, Hurstville, Kogarah, Marrickville, Randwick, Rockdale, Strathfield, Sutherland and Waverley.

To record foxes in your local area, or download the FoxScan App (available for Apple and Android), go to: www.foxscan.org.au/sydneysouth

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