Cam­eras to catch feral an­i­mals in the act

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

MO­TION sen­sor cam­eras to mon­i­tor feral foxes, cats and rab­bits will be in­stalled in western sub­urbs bush­land from Novem­ber 2.

The Western Sub­urbs Re­gional Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Coun­cils (WESROC), which in­cludes the towns of Clare­mont, Cottes­loe and Cam­bridge, Shire of Pep­per­mint Grove, and ci­ties of Ned­lands and Su­bi­aco for cross­bound­ary re­gional projects, re­cently en­gaged Green­ing Aus­tralia to con­duct and con­trol the study.

Ned­lands Mayor Max Hip­kins said the City would also host an on­line feral an­i­mal ob­ser­va­tion sheet so the com­mu­nity could di­rectly re­port any feral an­i­mal sight­ings.

“Foxes and rab­bits are a sig­nif­i­cant prob­lem that needs a co-or­di­nated re­gional ap­proach to help pro­tect na­tive bio­di­ver­sity,” Clare­mont Mayor Jock Barker said.

“This is a re­ally good ex­am­ple of coun­cils work­ing to­gether on an is­sue that crosses our bound­aries.”

Friends of Lake Clare­mont di­rec­tor Rick Cook said feral an­i­mals had made a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the long neck tur­tle pop­u­la­tion.

“Foxes have been hunt­ing long-necked tur­tles and wa­ter birds at Lake Clare­mont for a num­ber of years and over the last five years there have been many foxes trapped at the site,” Mr Cook said.

Re­port feral an­i­mal sight­ings at www.ned­lands.wa.gov.au/re­port­feral-an­i­mal-sight­ings.

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