Foxes are widespread, highly mobile and efficient breeders. They can quickly move in and recolonise areas where fox numbers have been reduced.

Impact of foxes

Foxes are a major predator of lambs, poultry and goat kids. They play a significant role in the decline of native wildlife, including rock wallabies, numbats and bird species.

Foxes also carry diseases such as mange and tapeworm.

Fox control

Fox activity and population size around your property can be observed and monitored by looking out for evidence of foxes including:

  • visible sightings – day and night
  • missing/dead animals (chickens and stock)
  • fox faeces
  • prints
  • dens.

The main poison used to control foxes is 1080 which is regulated by the Pesticides Act and Pesticide Control Order. Landholders must have current approved chemical users training to obtain and use 1080.

Trapping can be undertaken with the aid of mesh cage traps, or soft/rubber jawed leg hold traps and lures.

For more information on pest species and biosecurity, visit Pestsmart and the Department of Primary Industries.

Otherwise, please contact your local Biosecurity Officer if you require fox pest animal management advice.

Fox pest control order

The NSW Government introduced a Pest Control Order for the European Red Fox in 2014.

Under this order, Local Land Services can serve individual eradication orders to any landholder, requiring them to eradicate foxes.

Where a fox is caged or trapped as part of a control program and cannot be humanely euthanised onsite, a pest animal movement permit from Local Land Services is required to move the fox to a veterinarian for destruction. The application form can be downloaded here:

In line with the pest control order, foxes can no longer be kept in captivity without a permit, released into the wild or rescued from the wild for adoption or re-homing.

Under the Local Land Services Act 2013, penalties apply for failing to comply with a Pest Control Order.

Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plans

We've worked with regional pest animal committees and the community to develop regional strategic pest animal management plans in each of our 11 Local Land Services regions.

Your Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plans will tell you what priority pest animal pest animals you need to manage and how.

Read your Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plan:

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