Working together to reduce fox impacts
Monday 20 July, 2020
Parks Victoria and Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation are encouraging neighbours adjoining Barmah National Park to join in the effort to control foxes and their impacts in the park and on surrounding properties.
Foxes prey on native fauna, freshwater turtle eggs, snakes, monitors, birds and mammals, and are responsible for dispersing weeds. They also cause significant agricultural and economic harm by preying on farm livestock and can pose a health risk to humans and pets by transmitting diseases such as distemper, parvo virus and mange.
To control foxes in the national park, a baiting program is scheduled for September and October 2020, and again in March and April 2021.
The program, managed by Parks Victoria, will be undertaken by Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation's owned and operated enterprise Woka Wolla, and a local contractor. Monitoring before and after the program will be undertaken by Ecology Australia.
The program is part of the Strategic Action Plan – Protection of Floodplain Marshes Barmah National Park & Barmah Forest Ramsar Site 2020-23. It is being undertaken with funding from Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, as part of the federal Regional Land Partnerships Program, and from Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s Good Neighbour program.
The fox control program will be conducted in-line with public health directions, such as physical distancing and hygiene requirements. Visitors to parks and reserves are also reminded that physical distancing requirements remain in place, and that people must practise good hygiene, keep a distance from others and stay home if unwell.
Quotes attributable to Charlotte Bisset, District Manager, Parks Victoria
“Given the potential for foxes to prey on farm livestock, we are encouraging neighbouring properties to work with us by undertaking fox control on their land as well. Together we can have a greater impact on controlling the many negative impacts of these pests.
We are pleased to be working in strong partnership with Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation and Woka Wolla to control foxes within Barmah National Park.”