What the fox? Lakelands family’s CCTV captures four-legged forager at front of home

A CCTV still of the fox carrying an unidentifiable animal.
A CCTV still of the fox carrying an unidentifiable animal.

A LAKELANDS family has captured CCTV footage of a fox going for a 3.30am early morning hunt along the footpath in front of their home.

Mother of two Regina van Heythuysen said the fox walked pass their home in a “non-threatening” manner four times in the past three weeks.

“We have a couple of CCTV cameras outside our home – what you see in this first footage is the same in the rest of them,” she said.

The accounting student said the footage showed the fox walking past the home towards the new Ocean Hill Private Estate homes in North Lakelands each time.

“The first time we captured the fox was on Easter Saturday morning and it had something in its mouth but we can’t make out what it is,” she said.

“We recently saw it two days ago on Saturday morning at 12.30am.”

Mrs van Heythuysen said she was not the only one in her suburb that had spotted a fox.

“For the last couple of months I’ve seen other people post on Facebook saying they’ve spotted a fox in Lakelands, but we’ve got it on camera,” she said.

“Apparently people have spotted a fox 1km away from us near the train tracks.”

Feral Invasive Species Eradication Management feral animal controller Eddie Juras, who’s been in the business for more than 40 years, said the number of foxes in the Mandurah area was not any worse compared to previous years.

“The fox is probably hanging around there to get a feed,” he said.

“If it’s camped up in the area and has worked the path into its routine it will probably visit the area once every 14 days.

“They start looking for partners in a month or two months because they mate in September once a year.”

Mr Juras said the feral animal could be one of the few foxes from last year’s litter, looking for a new territory.

“If there’s one, there will be more foxes, especially if there’s a waterway nearby,” he said.

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