City of Kalamunda puts fox control policy on hold after dog injury

Signs and traps have been removed from local reserves in the City of Kalamunda.
Signs and traps have been removed from local reserves in the City of Kalamunda.

THE City of Kalamunda has put its fox control program on hold while it conducts a review into its management of the pest.

It comes after a Kalamunda family’s pet Labradoodle was injured in a trap set by a City contractor at Brine Moran Reserve.

Residents took to social media to express their outrage at the practice and that it was not widely publicised fox traps had been set at popular reserves in the City including Ray Owen Reserve and Hartfield Park.

The fox trap which caused injury to a labradoodle last week.

Chief executive Rhonda Hardy said traps were due to be out between now and early July.

“There are currently no traps in any City reserves and at this point no further trapping is taking place whilst a review of fox control methodology is undertaken,” she said.

“Recent events have raised the profile of fox control in the community, with varying views on how such programs should be undertaken.

“The City welcomes the healthy debate on this topic and has asked the Kalamunda Environmental Advisory Committee to provide a recommendation on how the program should move forward.”

Ms Hardy said a survey will be launched in coming weeks asking the community to give feedback on fox control methods.

“Information about available control options, their advantages, disadvantages and limitations in an urban setting will be presented for consideration, for example the City is not authorised to use 1080 baiting and this itself is also dangerous to other animals,” she said.

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