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Foxes in Australia
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PEST STATUS
Foxes are opportunistic predators and scavengers and have few natural predators in Australia. They prey on poultry, lambs and goat kids.
Feral foxes and wild cats responsible for the decline and extinction of many rodent and marsupial species in Australia. They also prey on our native bird-life.
In high density areas, foxes are a health risk to humans and pets, through transmission of diseases, such as, distemper, parvo virus and mange.
AREA OF DISTRIBUTION
Foxes are abundant in all States and Territories, except Tasmania, where they are of low density. Foxes are not prevalent in most of the Tropics.

PEST CONTROL OPTIONS
(1) Shooting (2) Baiting (3) Trapping (4) Fumigation of Dens (5) Exclusion Fencing
Shooting is a humane method of eradicating, if carried out correctly. For broadscale control it is too labour-intensive but it is useful maintain a low level rate of infestation.
Shoot at night, with the aid of a spotlight, when foxes are most active. Fox drives or battues, which involve scaring foxes towards shooters may be useful in rural areas.
Integrated approach: Generally, no single control method will remove all foxes from a large to medium size rural property. You may need a combination of control methods to maintain a low level infestation in such circumstances.

USEFUL LINKS
Feral Fox Control Guide PDF
European Red Fox - Aust Govt PDF
European Red Fox - Qld Dept Agric PDF
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