It is the responsibility of each property owner to control and eradicate vermin (including rabbits, rats, mice and foxes) on their land.
Residential areas are an important food source for foxes. They forage around rubbish bins, picnic sites, compost heaps feeding also on fruit and pet food left outside. Domestic fowl, livestock and guinea pigs may fall prey to foxes if not adequately enclosed.
Foxes are generally nocturnal animals, resting during the day in many forms of shelter which may be: under houses, sheds, outbuildings or in hollow logs, rock piles, drainpipes, car bodies, under blackberry and gorse patches.
In fact, foxes may be living in your backyard or garage without you knowing it.
What You Can Do
A fox removed from its territory will quickly be replaced with another. It is more effective to eliminate the attraction to foxes.
- Lock up chickens, ducks, guinea pigs and pet rabbits in a roofed enclosure at night
- Clean up food scraps, pet food left outside and excess fruit dropped by fruit trees
- Always cover your compost heap or use a compost bin
- Never make foxes pets by feeding them
- Remove blackberry and other weed thickets, which provide cover for foxes
- Do not feed wildlife
- If you see a fox in the area, let your neighbours know so they can take action
Funding and Assistance
Council offers funding assistance for landowners wanting to undertake fox control on their property.
You can download a 2016/17 Fox Control Claim Form (397.52 KB), or contact Council on 9840 9326.
For more information on fox control go to the Department of Environment and Primary Industries.