Fox research camera stolen on its first night out
  • Thursday 15 July 2010

A motion detector camera set up to monitor the habits of foxes, a Declared Class 2 pest in Queensland, has been stolen and council is appealing for its return.

The camera was set up under the rock wall at Point Cartwright last Wednesday to monitor the habits of foxes and enable more targeted and effective management.

Senior Conservation Project Officer and Turtle Care Coordinator Julie O’Connor said that the camera was a valuable tool in long term conservation research.

“We are trying to find out about the habits of foxes; where they live and what they eat,” Ms O’Connor said.

“The camera was set up under the rock wall, as we know that at least one fox has been frequently tracked to the area.

“Foxes are a major threat to our native wildlife and the more we know about them, the more effective our control measures.

“The camera was secured with a steel cable and unfortunately is not covered by insurance as it cost less than $5000.

“We have reported the matter to the police, but are appealing for its return so we can carry on this important research.”