Barrier or exclusion fencing is a non-lethal method commonly used to prevent fox attacks on domestic livestock and threatened wildlife species. Although fences are commonly used to protect livestock (eg poultry) from fox predation on a small backyard scale, they have only recently been used on a larger scale in Australia. This has mainly been in response to
the need to protect threatened wildlife species and the availability of electric fencing materials.
Fencing can be effective, but the barrier is not absolute. A monitoring system and a management plan need to be in place to rapidly detect and control any breaches. Surplus killing (where they kill more than they can eat) by foxes that manage to breach a fence protecting endangered species can be catastrophic. Additional fox control in a buffer zone outside the enclosure can make fencing much more effective.
Factsheet on the use of fencing for fox control. Produced by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre as part of the PestSmart series.
|Author:||Invasive Animals CRC|
|Organisation:||Invasive Animals CRC|
|Number of Pages:||2 pp|
|ISBN:||PestSmart code: FXFS3|
|Region:||Australia - national|
|Documents:||PestSmart Factsheet: Fencing for fox control [700kb PDF]|
|Links:||PestSmart toolkit: Foxes|