Coastal fox control program
  • Last updated:
  • 23 May 2019

Council is working with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Coolum and North Shore Coast Care and Noosa Shire Council to protect wildlife that is vulnerable to fox predation. Native animals that are particularly vulnerable to fox predation include:

  • small mammals
  • ground nesting birds
  • marine turtles at the egg and hatchling stage.

Since the introduction of the European red fox (Vulpes vulpes) to Australia, it has played a major role in the extinction of 30 species of small mammals. 30% of our remaining mammal species (excluding bat populations) are under threat of extinction.

The coast fox control program has been implemented in response to community concern that fox predation may be suppressing coastal wildlife populations.

Small populations of Water mouse (Xeromys myoides) are currently found in the Sunshine Coast region and are deemed vulnerable. This nocturnal species forage and nest in mangroves and intertidal zones. Fox predation is one of this species key threats.

The vulnerable Eastern ground parrot (Pezoporus wallicus) is currently found in small pockets in the Sunshine Coast. It nests on the ground in small tussocks in button grass areas and coastal plains. This makes this species highly susceptible to fox predation and an important reason to reduce fox presence in this area.

Two species of sea turtles that use the Sunshine Coast as a nesting location include: the Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta) and the Green Turtle (Chelonia Mydas). Foxes are opportunistic hunters/scavengers which frequent the foreshore area. This makes turtle nests and hatchlings vulnerable to Fox predation during the turtles nesting season (October to March). Both Loggerhead turtles and Green turtles are classified as endangered highlighting the importance of reducing the fox population in the Sunshine Coast Council region.

2019 Coastal fox control program

The 2019 program is being conducted in both autumn and spring. The autumn control activities will run from 29 April to 28 June 2019 and is timed to target mature foxes leading up to the breeding season.

The spring control program is timed to target young and mature foxes following the breeding season. Control activities in the spring will run from 8 October to 29 November 2019.

Keep your pets safe

When the program is being conducted, warning signs are in place at fox control locations. These signs provide guidance and information for residents and visitors. It is very important that residents do not allow their pets to stray into bushland areas where they may be injured by control activities.

Control program locations

The coastal fox control program involves using soft catch foot hold traps in bushland areas from Twin Waters, North to Peregian Springs. The pesticide Sodium Fluoroacetate (1080) will be used inland from populated coastal areas to reduce off-target animals being affected. View a map of the 2019 Coastal Fox Control areas[4825KB].

Warning signs are placed at entrances to properties where control is occurring. Control activities will not be occurring on public pathways, roadsides, within 5 m of a boundary fence or within 200 m of designated dog off leash areas.

Control methods

The coastal fox control program uses humane control methods. These methods have been used in successful wildlife conservation programs including the Northern Sydney Regional fox control program. Foxes are controlled using soft catch foot hold traps and the pesticide Sodium Fluoroacetate (1080). The program has been carefully designed to ensure native animals are unlikely to be impacted by control activities.

Contact council to report fox dens in the program area or if you need more information about the program.