Foxes Media Response

 21 February 2018

Questions and Responses

Whose responsibility is it?

Council is responsible for the management of foxes in its bushland reserves and land we own. This is part of our Bushland Management Plan to protect and enhance local wildlife populations in our reserves, including the Powerful Owl.

We’re not responsible for managing foxes on private land or on property owned by others, such as the State Government.

However, we do work with organisations like Parks Victoria to reduce fox numbers along Dandenong Creek in Glen Waverley. 

Monash Council is also part of the Eastern Pest Animal Network and there is a meeting in early February to discuss issues like foxes.

We will contact the resident who has concerns and make sure she gets the information she needs to address this issue.

Does council receive many reports of foxes in the area?

We do receive reports of foxes when they are spotted in our reserves.  We also receive reports from residents about foxes on their properties.

We’ve had three reports in the past 12 months, two dead foxes (Mt Waverley and Oakleigh South) and one sighting in Mulgrave early this year.

What can council do to prevent/trap foxes?

Our bushland teams engages a fox control contractor to target specific reserves such as Valley Reserve and Damper Creek Reserve, while also setting humane traps at reserves that have reports of fox activity. Mulgrave Reserve has recently been identified for a humane fox control program to be implemented. 

 What does council recommend residents do?

We understand that foxes can be a concern for people in our community and we share that concern. That’s why we undertake fox control measures in our reserves and parks.

I’ve had some of my chickens destroyed by a fox so I know how devastating it is when it happens.

There’s some practical advice people can follow to deter foxes from their property. Foxes will be drawn to homes where food is left out and shelter is easily accessible, and where there are other small animals such as chickens or guinea pigs. It’s important to make sure any shelters for these animals are secure.

Foxes are seen in urban areas because it’s easier for them to scavenge food, in particular pet food that’s left outdoors and waste from rubbish and compost bins.

Knox Council has introduced a fox and pest removal program - would Monash consider something similar?

We will be following up with Knox Council to learn more about their approach to fox control.

It may be something we look at doing in the future but we need to know more about their proposal.

Issued: Thursday, 25 January 2018.
To: Monash Leader.
Quoting: Mayor, Councillor Paul Klisaris


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