Introduced foxes causing extensive damage in NSW and ACT

Farmers and park rangers say a booming fox population is causing extensive damage in urban and rural areas of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

The victims of these elusive foxes include native wildlife such as echidnas, small farm animals and backyard chickens.

In Canberra, it is believed there are an average of 15 foxes per square kilometre.

Park rangers are planning to place nearly 3000 fox baits in an attempt to control the pests, but admit they are struggling to gain the upper hand in urban areas.

The European Red Fox was introduced to Australia in the late eighteen hundreds and causes significant environmental destruction and economic loss to farmers.

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