PEST VALUE: Foxes cause extensive damage for livestock producers, with studies showing lamb losses to fox predation can be as high as 30 per cent: Photo: Luis Davilla / Getty Images.
THE creature once labelled fantastic, has been downgraded to a pest.
Now in line with neighbouring states, European Red Foxes have been classified as a pest in NSW.
The announcement by Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson last week will see land managers and government bodies cooperate to target the control of foxes, which cause some $220 million in damages to the Australian environment and economy each year.
“The Local Land Services (European Red Fox) Pest Control Order 2014 will be gazetted, meaning foxes are now a declared pest species in this State,” Ms Hodgkinson said.
“With the total annual cost of foxes to Australia’s environment and economy estimated to be $227.5 million, the pest control order will assist in the coordination of successful community-wide fox control programs.
“Foxes cause extensive damage for livestock producers, with studies showing lamb losses to fox predation can be as high as 30 per cent.”
“The introduction of the pest control order brings NSW into line with all other States in Australia in ensuring that foxes must be controlled by landholders on their properties.
“Importantly, the pest control order will allow for additional options for coordinated control, meaning Local Land Services (LLS) can more effectively target foxes in localised campaigns.”
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