Feral con­trol starts soon

Joondalup Times - - NEWS - For more, visit wan­neroo.wa.gov.au /feral an­i­mal con­trol or call 9405 5000.

THE City of Wan­neroo plans to start its an­nual fox and rab­bit con­trol pro­gram on Jan­uary 7.

The City has urged res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to obey signs and keep to for­mal tracks in re­serves and fore­shore con­ser­va­tion ar­eas.

It re­minded dog own­ers to keep pets on a leash at all times, or use des­ig­nated dog ex­er­cise ar­eas.

The pro­gram will be done within fore­shore con­ser­va­tion re­serves at Quinns Rocks and Min­darie, as well as se­lected re­serves in the Cen­tral and South wards.

The pro­gram aims to re­duce the num­ber of feral rab­bits that cause da­m­age to coastal dunes, bush­land veg­e­ta­tion and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion sites, as well as re­duce foxes prey­ing on na­tive fauna.

Ac­cord­ing to its web­site, the City uses cali­civirus or rab­bit haem­or­rhagic dis­ease virus, Pin­done oats or rab­bit warren con­trol for rab­bit con­trol.

It said the City con­tracted an­i­mal pest man­age­ment spe­cial­ists to use soft foot hold traps to con­trol foxes and did not use baits.

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