FOX005: Trapping of foxes using padded-jaw traps

The introduced European red fox (Vulpes vulpes) has a significant impact on native fauna and agricultural production. Fox control methods include lethal baiting, trapping, shooting, den fumigation, den destruction and exclusion fencing.

Trapping of foxes is undertaken in areas where poison baiting is unacceptable and other methods can not be used e.g. semi-rural and urban/residential areas. Trapping may be useful for the control of nuisance animals but is not effective as a general fox control method. In urban/residential areas, cage traps are preferred over leg-hold traps as fewer injuries are sustained, non-target animals can be released unharmed and trapped foxes can be transported away from the area for euthanasia. Refer to Trapping of foxes using cage traps. Leg-hold, padded-jaw traps should only be used at sites where the animal can be killed by shooting whilst still held in the trap.

This standard operating procedure (SOP) is a guide only; it does not replace or override the legislation that applies in the relevant State or Territory jurisdiction. The SOP should only be used subject to the applicable legal requirements (including OH&S) operating in the relevant jurisdiction.

Author Sharp, T.
Year 2016
Pages 6
Notes FOX005
Control method Trapping
Region Australia - national
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