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North Sydney residents urged to join fight against foxes

Greater Sydney Local Land Services, local councils and National Parks and Wildlife Services will roll out a winter baiting program next month.

Greater Sydney Local Land Services Biosecurity Officer Dr Nicole Schembri said large-scale baiting programs have proven effective in limiting the impact of foxes in urban areas.

“We have found foxes are more likely to take baits in winter as it coincides with their breeding season when food demands are greatest but supply is scarce,” she said.

“Foxes are attracted to food scraps and domestic pets like chickens and rabbits. You can help by enclosing compost bins, keeping rubbish in a secure location, feeding domestic pets inside and, wherever possible, keeping them inside overnight.

“Keeping yards in check including housing backyard chickens in a secure, fox-proof enclosure rather than free ranging will also help keep these brazen pests at bay. It is also important to for residents to keep their pets away from sign-posted bait sites.”

Dr Schembri said it was not uncommon to receive reports from North Sydney residents about foxes appearing in backyards, stealing shoes from back doorsteps, scavenging in bins and running along rooftops.

“Pesticide control restrictions mean baiting can’t be undertaken on the average suburban block which is why programs like this are crucial to limiting the damage they can cause to native wildlife, infrastructure and domestic pets,” she said.

A spokesperson from Northern Beaches Council said the introduction of foxes has contributed to the regional decline and extinction of a wide range of native animals.

“We also receive complaints about foxes killing domestic animals, including backyard chickens and guinea pigs,” the spokesperson said.

For further information or to report fox sightings contact Greater Sydney Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.

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