MASSACRE: Foxes have killed four lots of chickens in separate raids on one Captain Creek property.
MASSACRE: Foxes have killed four lots of chickens in separate raids on one Captain Creek property. Contributed

Foxes at plague level within parts of the Gladstone region

FOXES are in plague proportions in some parts of the Gladstone region, with properties around the Captain Creek district losing livestock almost every night. One landowner lost four lots of chickens in separate raids.

Property owners at Captain Creek, about 15km outside Agnes Water, are fed up with the massacres, which are costing money and terrifying livestock and horrifying children on the properties, calling on the council and the government to do something about the foxes.

Miniature horse stud owner Cheryl Potter said she had lost all her chickens, ducks and was worried her prize foals may be next, as the foxes were terrorising her property.

"They killed all the chickens and then ducks ... and now I'm worried about the horses as they come into foal," Ms Potter said.

"My mother lives out west and she said the foxes attack the new lambs and rip their tongues out and leave them to die.

"We've put up fox lights and make the cages and fences as secure as we can - but they still get in.''

Ms Potter said numerous (fox) dens had been located on her property and surrounding ones, but the council would not help.

"They said the properties around here are too small for baiting," she said.

"I think the DPI (government department) should do something about it."

Neighbour Sam Halliday said he had lost four lots of chickens after fox raids; replacing the livestock and reinforcing the cages and coops - but still they come.

"I have had four separate attacks on my chooks over the past six months, and I have probably lost over 20," said.

"Some were taken completely and others were just killed in the pen and left.

"There have been attacks on chickens, ducks and baby kangaroos throughout the Captain Creek area for quite a few months,'' Ms Halliday said.

Council environmental spokesman Col Chapman said foxes are a Type 2 declared pest in Queensland under the Land Protection Act 2002.

"Property owners are responsible for managing declared pests (plant and animals) on their properties in Queensland.

"Local government administers the regulations and have traps available for landowners to use but it is the responsibility of the landowner to dispose of the animals once they are caught.

"The regulations prevent landowners from using 1080 baiting for properties under 40 hectares (100 acres) and there are also restrictions as to baiting within a certain proximity of other residences and also townships.''

 

WHO TO CALL

  • GRC: For Council dog and feral pig baiting programs, search 1080 at gladstone.qld.gov.au and contact local laws officer Bill Mead.
  • DPI: For information about foxes as declared pests, go to daff.qld.gov.au /4790_8259.htm.


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