Kalamunda councillor calls for ban on fox traps

Kalamunda councillor calls for ban on fox traps

A CITY of Kalamunda councillor is moving a motion at this month’s council meeting calling for a ban on the use of metal traps to control foxes.

It comes after a Kalamunda family’s pet Labradoodle was injured in a trap set by the City at a local reserve as part of its fox control program.

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.

Cr Destree said the location of the traps had created an unnecessary risk to residents and pets.

“These traps aren’t being set in the back of our national parks,” she said.

“They are being set in parks and reserves where our children walk and play.

“I am requesting the City’s CEO provides assurance to council that metal traps used for fox management are removed from all operations across the City until the risk of exposure to the public and pets is acceptable, as a minimum.

“I also request that councillors are provided with a report on the investigation of the incident regarding the resident’s pet being caught in a metal trap set by a City contractor.”

According to PestSmart, injuries from trapping were inevitable especially when a trapped animal struggled to escape.

Cr Tracy Destree said the City needed to investigate other options for fox management.

“I can not accept any level of animal cruelty,” she said.

“Just because the traps being used are soft claw traps doesn’t mean an animal isn’t caused significant distress and injury as they attempt to escape.

“There are plenty of other more humane options to trap foxes including cages.

“We need assurance that the contract management processes ensure the City and community expectations regarding safety and health are communicated and delivered by contractors.”

City chief executive Rhonda Hardy said last year six mature foxes were caught, however monitoring at the reserves showed one fox had survived the trapping program.

She said it was expected that more foxes will have moved back into areas vacated by the caught foxes, so an ongoing program of eradication was essential.

Traps will be out between now and early July in Brine Moran Reserve, Maida Vale Reserve, Ledger Road Reserve, Hartfield Park and Ray Owen Reserve.

Ms Hardy urged residents to adhere to all signage in place.

The City is expected to undertake further community engagement in relation to fox control methods.