Foxes are scheduled as a Key Threatening Process under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and have been declared pest species by the NSW government.
Foxes have adapted well to urban areas, are skilled hunters and have devastated many species of native wildlife including birds, lizards and small mammals. Foxes are responsible for killing pets including cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens. In addition foxes can carry a number of diseases and parasites that may be transmitted to dogs.
Fox or fox den sightings help Council to track which areas foxes are using, their numbers and impacts. This information can assist in the implementation of an effective fox shooting program that helps protect our native wildlife. Report fox sightings or fox dens to Council at firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance as well as FoxScan.
Hunter’s Hill Council is a member of the Sydney North Vertebrate Pest Committee. The group comprises of key land managers from across the Sydney North Region including 11 local government agencies, National Parks and Wildlife, Local Land Services, Forestry NSW, Sydney Water, Taronga Zoo and Sydney Harbour Federation Trust. The aim of the group is to share information, raise awareness, educate agency members and the community and develop the skill required to manage feral animals including foxes.
A significant improvement has been seen in the sustainability and diversity of native wildlife occurring in remnant urban bushland across the region since its establishment in 1998. Brush Turkeys for instance have returned to bushland, which is likely to be a direct response to diminishing fox numbers resulting from this regionally coordinated, multi-agency approach to pest management.
For further information, contact the Bushland Management Team on 9879 9439.
22 Alexandra Street, Hunters Hill NSW 2110
PO Box 21, Hunters Hill NSW 2110
Tel: (02) 9879 9400
8:30am – 4.30pm
Customer Service phone lines open 8.00am – 5.00pm
(02) 9879 9400
1300 136 460