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    09048: Fox control across the Capel, Dardanup and Busselton shires

    A lucky escape for these chickens highlights the success of trapping techniques in urbanised areas. Courtesy Shire of Capel
    A lucky escape for these chickens highlights the success of trapping techniques in urbanised areas. Courtesy Shire of Capel

    With the help of funding from the State NRM Program, the Shire of Capel is working with the community to assess techniques for the control of foxes in urban and peri-urban areas.

    Trapping and alternative control techniques to baiting are being assessed. Landholders are being encouraged to get involved in fox control programs and participate in training.

    A new protocol for local government, outlining ways to manage foxes in urban and peri-urban areas, is also being developed.

    Investment: $ 74 996
    Delivery organisation: Shire of Capel
    Project duration: July 2010 - December 2011
    Location: Shires of Busselton, Capel and Dardanup

    Major project achievements

    • Three community education workshops delivered by a professional trapper.
    • Professional trapper provided hands-on assistance to community members participating in the trapping program.
    • Community was engaged in two spring and one autumn trapping program.
    • Feedback on fox sightings pre and post control programs collected from the community to analyse the success of the different control methods.
    • Fox control protocol developed for local government and distributed to the community (1000 copies).

    Project partners

    Communities of Busselton, Capel and Dardanup; Department of Agriculture and Food; GeoCatch

    More information

    Shire of Capel (08) 9727 0222 or info@capel.wa.gov.au

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