Shoalhaven News

Tag team to tackle Shoalhaven's foxes

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Cleary Brothers has teamed up with the Shoalhaven Fox Control Program to tackle the introduced pest on their 2000 acre Shoalhaven property.

The program’s northern team leader, Peter Jirgens, said the Cleary Brothers property was the final piece in the puzzle giving fox control from Cullungutti Mountain to Gerringong.

“This will give us a vital fox control barrier between the escarpment and Seven Mile National Park, and will complement the work that is being done by NSW National Parks in controlling foxes along the coastal zone as part of the South Coast Shorebird Protection Program,” Mr Jirgens said.

The Cleary Brothers property was purchased in the 1960s and has always been used for rural enterprises, along with their civil construction, transport and quarry businesses.

The property is bounded by rural properties on three sides and has the sand quarry to the east.

As there are many dams, ponds and native vegetation on the property, there is an abundant source of food for foxes.

The farm manager Ash Mathie said he had seen and shot foxes regularly before the Shoalhaven Fox Program started baiting on the property.

Shoalhaven Heads couple, Graeme and Sally Leonard, have been volunteering to bait on the property and have been going out weekly to pull old baits and lay new ones.

Anyone interested in volunteering or baiting foxes on their property in the Shoalhaven is asked to contact the Shoalhaven Fox Control Program via its website at www.shoalhavenlandcare.org.au/fox-control.

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