Fox Reporting and Control
Foxes are an introduced species that are an agricultural pest as well as a threat to a range of native animals. Hunting by foxes is contributing to declining populations of native birds, reptiles and small mammals.
Residents are encouraged to participate in national community reporting of foxes and other feral species through the FeralScan website and smartphone apps. More information is available from the Invasive Species CRC at the FeralScan website.
Foxes are a declared pest and fox control should be undertaken on private properties in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act 2002. The WA Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) has information about various pest animal and fox control methods on the DAFWA website.
Metal jawed traps are generally not permitted but soft-jawed traps or cage traps may be used to control foxes. Using a trap other than a cage trap will usually require a permit from the Department of Agriculture and Food. The application form is available from the DAFWA website.
2017 Fox Trapping Trial
The Shire is seeking expressions of interest from landowners for a fox trapping trial program. In early 2017 there was a national release of a new strain of a rabbit biocontrol virus. The spread of this disease will reduce rabbit populations, which has a range of environmental benefits. However removing rabbits can also increase fox hunting impacts on native fauna, unless the fox population is reduced at the same time.
Expressions of interest for a private land fox trapping trial ended in October 2017 and the Shire will consider future programs based on the results.
The trapping program will be undertaken by a licenced contractor, using padded-jaw traps in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act 2002.