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European Red Fox

European Red Fox

Restricted invasive animal under Queensland’s Biosecurity Act 2014

Originally introduced for recreational hunting, the fox has since become a serious pest and has aided the decline of many native animal species.

Preying on a wide range of native animals, foxes target small to medium sized mammals, ground nesting birds and turtle nests (making them a key threatening process under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999). They will also readily take lambs, baby goats and poultry, making them an expensive problem for landholders.

Control methods often including baiting, shooting, exclusion fencing, and den fumigation and destruction. However, apart from broadscale baiting, most methods are expensive, labour intensive and have limited success.  For further information on how to control foxes see the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries European Red Fox fact sheet. You can also report fox sightings on the FoxScan app.