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Fox trapping program back on schedule

FOX trapping will resume in the City of Kalamunda this month after an incident involving a pet dog in late-May halted the program pending an investigation.

Council endorsed recommendations from the Kalamunda Environmental Advisory Committee at its June meeting to resume the program on July 23. 

A council report said the control of foxes was vital for the protection of native and domestic animals.

“The control program is two years old and is a part of a far longer history of fox control in the metropolitan area, and that fox control needs to continue,” the report said.

As well as supporting the program, Council requested chief executive Rhonda Hardy form a working group to research and determine a best practice approach towards fox management while balancing effectiveness and humane control methods.

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

Fox trapping will commence for seven to 14 days at Gooseberry Hill Recreation Reserve, Hartfield Park Reserve, Smokebush Place Reserve, Maida Vale Reserve and Brine Moran Reserve.

“Signage will be installed at the sites seven days before trapping commences to further raise awareness of the upcoming program, at entry points and inside reserves that trapping is taking place,” Ms Hardy said.

“It is important that residents adhere to all signage.” 

The City of Kalamunda said the use of rubber-jawed foot hold traps were considered the most effective method of trapping foxes in an urban environment, with rigid controls in place for the use of the traps. 

The investigation found six adult foxes, four females and two males, were caught in the City’s trapping program in 2017.

Councillor Tracy Destree’s earlier motion on notice for a report on the outcomes of the investigation and the effectiveness and costs of the City’s fox control program was withdrawn.

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