Deadline looms for fox owners

SERIOUS PREDATOR: Foxes cause heartache for farmers and their livestock, but some European red foxes are kept in captivity locally as pets.LOCAL fox owners have until the end of this monthto apply for a permit to keep the declared pest species as a pet.

Hunter Local Land Services said in order to protect the environment and agricultural production in the region, anyone keeping a fox as a petin captivity is required to apply for a captive European red fox permit from Local Land Services byJanuary 31

HLLS invasive species team leader, Jamie Maddocks, said under a PestControl Order introduced by the NSW government, all European Red Foxes kept as pets prior to March 31, 2015, require an approved permit issued by Local Land Services to continue to be legally keptin captivity.

“The NSW government recognises there are a small number of people who have adopted foxes sowe are accommodating them by allowing existing pet foxes to be maintained under a permit,” MrMaddocks said.

‘The reality is that foxes are a serious predator of livestock. They have caused significant financiallosses to the farming community and pose a serious veterinary and public health risk.

“It is estimated that foxes cost Australia’s environment and economy as much as $227.5 million everyyear and that is a key factor for no longer permitting pet foxes.

“These animals have also played a central role in the demise and extinction of several nativespecies.”

A declared pest species under the Local Land Services Act 2013, the European red fox isinternationally recognised as one of the most serious threats to biodiversity in Australia.

To enhance the effectiveness of existing fox control programs throughout the state, the NSWgovernment introduced the Pest Control Order for the European red fox in December, 2014.

Mr Maddocks urged local captive fox owners to “do the right thing” and contact the Hunter Local Land Services office to apply for a permit before it’stoo late.

Failure to register an existing pet fox could result in a $3400 fine.

Applications for a new Captive European Fox Permit will not be issued after January 31, 2016.

Written permit requests can be emailed to [email protected]备案老域名.

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