Bassendean River Parks Committee fear for Town’s wildlife


Lucy Bromell and Carol Siedel at Ashfield Flats.
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Lucy Bromell and Carol Siedel at Ashfield Flats. Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au d463121

BASSENDEAN River Parks Committee members say they fear the Town’s wildlife will be “wiped out” if foxes continue a two-month “slaughter” of domestic and native animals in parks and houses.

Member and AshfieldCAN president Lucy Bromell said there were at least three chickens killed at Ashfield Flats on December 7.

Fellow Committee member Nonie Jekabson said she and residents living on Kathleen and Harcourt streets, and Devon and West roads, had their chickens killed by foxes.

According to Bassendean Urban Chook-keepers Collective member Caroline Easton, there had been seven attacks around Bindaring Swamp, with five in the past month.

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A Town of Bassendean spokesman told the Eastern Reporter he was aware of the fox attacks and the State Government was monitoring the situation.

A Department of Planning spokeswoman said the WAPC managed the Ashfield Flats area, where some native animals had been killed, and had programs for feral animal controls.

“The Department of Planning has recently received an anecdotal report that a fox has been sighted around Ashfield Flats and the area is being surveyed,” she said.

Ms Easton said foxes were “infiltrating” the suburbs.

“Sheep were killed at Kiara Primary School by a fox … imagine finding that first thing at a primary school, explaining that to the kids,” she said. “Some attacks have been during the day, several have been on busy streets and there have been sightings on Guildford Road.”

River Parks Committee and Friends of Bindaring Park member Carol Siedel said foxes lived well in urban areas and it was a “national problem”.

“They kill the lot in the chicken coop and then take one away and if they are still hungry they will come back for the rest,” she said.