The fear of fox-related deaths is growing in NSW.
The state’s Department of Primary Industries and Consumer Protection is warning of a “growing risk” of fox related deaths in the state.
“There are several factors contributing to the increased mortality of fox, including habitat degradation, overgrazing, poor management, and climate change,” the DPIAC statement reads.
“This is an increasingly serious threat to wildlife and we urge anyone with information about foxes in NSW to contact us.”
The DPIACC’s chief executive, Andrew Brown, said he was not surprised by the rise in deaths.
“I think it’s going to be there for a while, it’s the nature of the game,” Mr Brown said.
“But the fox is not the only animal that has been affected.”
Foxes are now listed as a threatened species in NSW with the government having taken a number of actions to prevent their populations from going extinct.
Foxes have been listed as an endangered species in the Northern Territory for more than a decade.
“We have been working very closely with our fox-friendly partners, the Department of Environment, Forestry and Parks, to work through the issue of fox deaths and to protect the fox population from extinction,” Mr Bailey said.’
A lot of fox’ Mr Bailey warned that the number of fox kills could be “a lot of” in the next few years.
“In terms of the current numbers, it is a lot of,” he said.
“In the past there were maybe a couple of hundred foxes a year that were killed.”
Now we’re looking at maybe hundreds of fox.
“In NSW, there are no plans to reintroduce foxes into the state’s forests, but some hunters are concerned that reintroducing foxes will make the game less accessible.”
It will take the game out of the equation and that will be a real challenge,” Mr Jones said.
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