A MOTION that questions the legitimacy of fox trapping will be considered by Kalamunda Council on June 26 after an incident with a trap and a pet labradoodle sparked media attention earlier this month.
Councillor Tracey Destree told Echo News her motion intended to gather fox trapping results so the council could make an informed decision on their effectiveness.
“The important thing is, it’s not a matter of if we need to have fox traps, it’s how it’s done and verifying if the money we’re spending is being effectively used,” she said.
“I’ve asked for some outcomes, how much has it cost us, what are the results and whether they’re effective or do we need to review them.”
She said she recognised both sides of the argument.
“There’s been a lot of public discussion about it (reconsidering the use of fox traps) with strong support but also reservations to make sure we don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater,” she said.
“Which is fair comment when you have a situation like this one with dogs getting harmed.”
Fox control methods under review (Echo News, June 9), the City of Kalamunda said appropriate signage was installed in Brine Moran Reserve where a pet dog was caught by a soft padded foot old trap.
The traps were removed immediately pending a City investigation.
It is understood the dog needed vet treatment after damaging teeth trying to free the trapped paw.
Cr Destree’s motion asks the chief executive to provide a report on the investigation and explore options for fox management.
Last week the north ward councillor wrote on her newly published blog, www.speakingof
risk.com, she had an obligation to ratepayers.
“As the news unfolded, there was understandable outrage from the community as the trap had been set in a popular, suburban sporting reserve, frequented by residents, children and their pets,” she said.
“The risk of community exposure to these buried traps appeared now to be unacceptable.
“My response has been to propose a motion to Council, which will be considered on June 26, seeking the removal of these traps from sporting reserves, questioning the effectiveness of the fox control program and seeking alternate, safer options for fox control that reduces the risk of exposure to the community.
“As a councillor, and as chair of the audit and risk committee, I have an obligation to oversee operational performance and verify effectiveness on behalf of ratepayers.”
By Claire Ottaviano