To help protect our native wildlife, Sunshine Coast Council and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) will work together over the next three months to carry out the coastal fox control program.
Fox control activities will take place in coastal bushland areas from Mudjimba to Peregian to assist the survival of native species in these locations.
The European red fox is a declared pest in Queensland, and the program is designed to control fox breeding activity and reduce fox predation on native species such as the vulnerable water mouse, ground parrots and endangered loggerhead turtles at the egg and hatchling stage.
The program will run until June 2018.
Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said it was imperative that we continued to monitor fox activity.
“We have been running this program for three years now, with extremely positive results,” Cr McKay said.
“So far we have removed more than 100 foxes from beaches and coastal reserves and routinely inspected more than 150 fox dens for signs of activity and control.
“Our aim is to protect our native species in these areas so it’s important that we ensure the coastal fox population doesn’t recover to pre-control levels.”
The control program involves the use of fox detection dogs to locate dens, monitoring cameras, soft catch traps and baiting. Fox den activity in the breeding season has decreased over the life of this project.
Nearby residents will be notified and areas affected by the control program will be clearly identified by warning signs at all entrances to provide guidance and information for residents and visitors.
The coastal fox control program was developed with significant input and support from Coolum and North Shore Coast Care, Biosecurity Queensland and QPWS.
Council’s fox control program uses best practice control methods which have been developed and demonstrated in highly successful wildlife conservation programs including the Northern Sydney regional fox control program and Western Australia’s black flanked wallaby recovery program.
Residents can assist with the management of foxes by reporting suspected fox dens to council on 5475 7272.