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Fox control methods under review

APPROPRIATE signage was installed at a site where a pet labradoodle was trapped by a padded soft-claw fox trap says the City of Kalamunda.

In response to media attention after the incident, the City said its fox control program was put on hold and a contractor asked to remove the traps while the matter was investigated.

During the investigation the City found the trap in question had been set in Brine Moran Reserve, which is an on-leash reserve, and signage was installed on the site despite contradictory information circulated on social media by the public.

The City said signage was adequately placed at the entrances to the reserve and in proximity to the traps.

“The City has in place site monitoring to determine fox activities in reserves and we have received several complaints regarding chicken and rabbit predation by feral foxes in the district,” chief executive Rhonda Hardy said.

“The program targets these areas where fox predation and hiding is known. 

“In some areas, professional trackers find scats and tracks of foxes, in other locations we have filmed the foxes by remote cameras.

“The control of foxes and feral cats is an important part of the protection of local biodiversity and domestic animals.”

She said fox traps were not installed on walking paths.

The City is now seeking community feedback on fox management alternatives.

“Recent events have raised the profile of fox control in the community, with varying views on how such programs should be undertaken,” Ms Hardy said.

“The City welcomes the healthy debate on this topic.

“The City will also be undertaking community engagement to allow community input into future programs, a survey will be launched on our engagement platform over the coming weeks, asking community members to give their views on fox control in the City.”

The Kalamunda Environmental Advisory Committee has been asked to make recommendations on how the program should move forward.

It is understood no serious physical harm came to the dog but it did need dental work after breaking teeth trying to free its trapped paw.

By Claire Ottaviano

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