Agriculture | August 30, 2019

Fox problem fix required

Western Victorian residents are becoming increasingly concerned as escalating fox numbers in the Dergholm State Park cause significant stock losses for local farmers and negatively impact local wildlife.

A number of farmers in the Dergholm area have contacted The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy asking for help to control fox numbers in the Park.

The farmers have advised Ms Kealy that a large population of foxes in the Park is leading to increased instances of predatory killing of farm animals and local fauna. 

The farmers believe the foxes are posing a particular threat to the Brolga population in the Park killing chicks and taking eggs. Brolgas are listed as threatened under Victoria’s Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act (1988). 

Foxes can also be responsible for the spread of disease, including measles to other animals. 

Ms Kealy is calling on the Andrews Labor Government to take action to address the escalating fox problem in consultation with neighbouring landowners.

“I have written to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change requesting an immediate review and development of a strategy to control fox numbers in the Dergholm State Park”, Ms Kealy said.

“Fox numbers need to be controlled as soon as possible and a major review in consultation with neighboring landowners would be a positive step forward towards ensuring our farm animals and rare fauna species are protected.”


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