City of Wanneroo to outfox feral animals with control program from January 7

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THE City of Wanneroo plans to start its annual fox and rabbit control program on January 7.

The City has urged residents and visitors to obey signs and keep to formal tracks in reserves and foreshore conservation areas.

It reminded dog owners to keep pets on a leash at all times, or use designated dog exercise areas.

The program will be done within foreshore conservation reserves at Quinns Rocks and Mindarie, as well as selected reserves in the Central and South wards.

The program aims to reduce the number of feral rabbits that cause damage to coastal dunes, bushland vegetation and rehabilitation sites, as well as reducing the number of foxes preying on native fauna.

According to its website, the City uses calicivirus or rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus, Pindone oats or rabbit warren control for rabbit control.

It said the City contracted animal pest management specialists to use soft foot hold traps to control foxes, and does not use baits.

For more information, visit wanneroo.wa.gov.au/feralanimalcontrol or call the Conservation Team on 9405 5000.

2018-19 Feral animal control sites

Alexander Heights: Middleton Park, Highview Park

Darch: Landsdale Park

Gnangara: Golfview Park

Jandabup: Franklin Park

Koondoola: Koondoola Regional Park

Landsdale: Hepburn Park

Marangaroo: Marangaroo Conservation Reserve

Mindarie: North Mindarie Foreshore, Quinns Beach Bushland, Kinsale Park, South Mindarie Foreshore

Neerabup: Mather Reserve

Quinns Rocks: Mindarie Park, Gumblossom Park,

Wanneroo: Belgrade Park, Chicquita Park, Benmuni Park