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Fourteen Councils across the southern, inner and eastern region of Sydney in collaboration
with Royal Botanic Gardens are developing a regional approach to fox management for
southern Sydney.
 
These Council areas contain numerous threatened species preyed on by foxes, including
pied oyster catcher, little tern, green and golden bell frog, bush stone-curlew, powerful owl,
giant burrowing frog and long-nosed bandicoot.
Foxes are also attracted to residents’ backyard chickens as well as native mammals, birds,
reptiles and frogs.
 
As part of the fox management program FoxScan for southern Sydney is being launched in
time for National Threatened Species Day on Monday 7 September.
Residents can immediately record sightings and evidence of foxes with FoxScan, an online
initiative of the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (IACRC).
 
A FoxScan webpage specifically for the southern Sydney region will give participating
Councils a better understanding of feral fox numbers and locations.
 
“This coordinated approach to monitoring fox sightings across the region will help Councils
tackle the fox problem in urban areas. Recording where you see foxes, how many and what
problems they are causing, can help local authorities and community groups develop
strategies to reduce problems caused by foxes,” said Mr Peter West, Project Leader with
Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre, and Research Officer with NSW Department
of Primary Industries.
 
Participating Councils are: Ashfield, Auburn, Bankstown, Canada Bay, Canterbury, City of
Sydney, Hurstville, Kogarah, Marrickville, Randwick, Rockdale, Strathfield, Sutherland and
Waverley.
 
The Southern Sydney Feral Foxes project is supported by Sydney Coastal Councils Group
through funding from the Australian Government.
 

To record foxes in your local area, or download the FoxScan http://www.feralscan.org.au/foxscan/sydneysouth