Small Farmers to Rid their Farms of the Fox

Background to the European Fox

The fox was brought to Australia by early settlers for the purpose of horse and hound hunting, and  have along with domestic cats that have turned feral, have been paramount in the near decimation of many of our native species.The main agricultural impact from foxes is predation on lambs, kids and poultry.  Foxes are thought to prey on up to 30% of lambs and kids in some areas. Common fox control techniques include lethal baiting (1080 poison ), shooting, trapping, den fumigation, and destruction and exclusion fencing.Considerable economic and human resources are dedicated to preventing fox predation. Foxes are increasing in numbers every year and all means to eradicate them should be taken. Foxlights will assist in the protection of vulnerable animals not in the control of fox numbers.



The Principle of the FoxLight

The principle behind the flashing light is that a fox thinks there is a person present when and where they see the flash. The flash is designed in such a way so as to appear irregular and repositioning. Foxlights are powered by a standard 6 volt torch battery (Eveready 1209 or similar - not included) and should give flashes for between 4 and 6 months. A light sensor will trigger flashing in conjunction with sunrise and sunset. When the battery runs out of power the light will slowly fade rather then just stop flashing.



Lambs or Kids


Most fox attacks will occur within the first 24 hours of an animals' life. Twins are the most at risk. while the second lamb or kid is being born, the first born will wander off bleating and unprotected thus primed for attack. Lights are best consentrated around camp sites. Set up on the crest of hills they should give protection over a large area. The Australia national cost of fox predation on lambs alone is estimated to be between 100 and 200 million dollars.


Poultry


In the case of free range poultry, one light set near roosting pens should keep foxes away of at night. If the fox doesn’t visit the hen house while hens are shut up then it is less likely to wait for or return the next morning to attack when the hens come out to feed.


Endangered Species


It is our belief that Foxlights will give protection against fox and wild dog attacks to small ground dwelling species. Lights should be set on the perimeters of rookeries or night habitat areas. People are at present testing the effects of Foxlights in conserving endangered wildlife.

Where to From Here?


For more information on the foxlight conatct Ian Whalan on (02) 9150 9509 or ianwhalan@yahoo.com.au 

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