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**
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
For help, advice and information regarding best practice fox control, please contact the following authorities, or click on the links provided.
Livestock Health and Pet Authorities
Phone: 02 6772 2366
Industry & Investment, Department of Primary Industries
Armidale District Office
Ph: 02 6738 8500
Office of Environment and Heritage
* 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.