Cameras to catch feral animals in the act in western suburbs

Cameras to catch feral animals in the act in western suburbs

MOTION sensor cameras to monitor feral foxes, cats and rabbits will be installed in western suburbs bushland from November 2.

The Western Suburbs Regional Organisation of Councils (WESROC), which includes the towns of Claremont, Cottesloe and Cambridge, Shire of Peppermint Grove, and cities of Nedlands and Subiaco for cross-boundary regional projects, recently engaged Greening Australia to conduct and control the study.

Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins said the City would also host an online feral animal observation sheet so the community could directly report any feral animal sightings.

“Foxes and rabbits are a significant problem that needs a co-ordinated regional approach to help protect native biodiversity,” Claremont Mayor Jock Barker said.

“This is a really good example of councils working together on an issue that crosses our boundaries.”

Friends of Lake Claremont director Rick Cook said feral animals had made a significant impact on the long neck turtle population.

“Foxes have been hunting long-necked turtles and water birds at Lake Claremont for a number of years and over the last five years there have been many foxes trapped at the site,” Mr Cook said.

Report feral animal sightings at www.nedlands.wa.gov.au/report-feral-animal-sightings.