Fox trapping program under way

Published: 26 Sep 2022

Council will begin a region-wide fox trapping project tomorrow (September 27), which will cover areas from Calen to West Hill.

The European Fox is a Restricted Invasive Animal under the Queensland Biosecurity Act 2014.

They prey on agricultural and native species alike and can carry diseases.

The fox project will run from September 27 until October 11 and will involve the use of conservation dogs to detect dens as well as laying foot traps overnight in some areas.

The foot traps are non-lethal, and signage will be in place, however residents are being advised to avoid the following areas on the following dates as foot traps will be present:

  • East Point – September 30 and October 1
  • Blacks Beach Reserve – October 1
  • Hay Point and Louisa Creek beach frontages – October 5-7

The 2022 Fox project is a partnership between Mackay Regional Council, Turtlewatch, Reef Catchments, Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal Pty Ltd, North Queensland Bulk Ports, BMA, Department of Environment and Resource Management, QPWS, and Sarina Landcare via the Queensland Government’s Community Sustainability Action grant.