Outfoxing the ferals

plan to help save livestock
plan to help save livestock

Mr Clark is gathering information about the presence of foxes and feral animals in the City of Armadale so he can put forward a case for an animal management plan.

In the past six weeks he has received 32 responses from residents who have reported fox sightings in the City and seven for feral animals. Mr Clark said he was now looking for people in community groups who were also concerned with foxes and feral animals.

‘I would like to have representatives from two or three of these groups involved in the meetings with the City of Armadale and Department of Parks and Wildlife,’ he said.

Over the past five years, Mr Clark has lost about 20 chickens and a new born lamb to foxes.

‘The chickens roost in the trees and they’ll still get them,’ he said.

‘They are responsible for attacks on poultry, newborn lambs and native wildlife.’

For the first time this year, Mr Clark has spotted foxes ” which are typically nocturnal animals ” on his property during the day.

Mr Clark is not sure what is prompting the foxes to be on the prowl at daytime, but his neighbours have also reportedly lost animals and now he is curious to hear from anyone else who has seen foxes.

The information will be used for a presentation to the City of Armadale for the feral animal management plan.

‘I don’t want to say poison all the foxes, but foxes are not native to Australia and they have damaged a lot of wildlife,’ he said.

‘Perhaps they (City of Armadale) can reduce the population and people with chickens won’t have to be on guard all the time.’

Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones said the City was developing a dedicated control program to provide a more formal approach for the eradication and control of feral animals on local government managed land.

If you have spotted a fox or other feral animals, email Mr Clark with the details at tony-clark@iinet.net.au.