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Foxes

Foxes were introduced to Australia in the 1870s*. Today they cause environmental and agricultural damage in excess of $190 million per year, $100 million of this is represented by lamb losses alone.**

The impacts that foxes have on agriculture and the environment are wide ranging and include:

  • Significant loss of native fauna
  • Significant loss of agricultural fauna (chickens, lambs, ducks, etc)
  • Spread parasites and disease which can infect domestic animals
  • Prey on animals beneficial to the health of the environment, for example dung beetles.
  • Help spread weeds such as blackberry**


Fox control

Controlling foxes requires flexible management plans that include various control methods and monitoring. The cooperation of your neighbours is essential if any eradication program is to have a high chance of success.
 
People residing in urban areas may find this factsheet on Urban Foxes useful:

Urban Foxes Primefact


Further Information
For help, advice and information regarding best practice fox control, please contact the following authorities, or click on the links provided.

Northern Tableland Local Land Services
Armidale
Phone: 02 6770 2000
 

Industry & Investment, Department of Primary Industries
Armidale District Office
Ph: 02 6738 8500
Web: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/pests-weeds/vertebrate-pests

Office of Environment and Heritage
Web: www.environment.nsw.gov.au/pestsweeds/pestanimals.htm


Footnotes

* NSW Threat Abatement Plan for Predation by the Red Fox, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, 2001
** Coordinated Fox Control for Small Properties, brochure produced by Livestock Health and Pest Authority in partnership with Southern New England Landcare and National Parks and Wildlife Service.