Fox predation is considered the greatest land-based threat to the long-term viability of the penguin colonies on Phillip Island, one of Victoria’s leading tourist attractions. Regular fox control for 20 years up to 2006 had reduced the fox population, but penguins continued to be preyed upon. It was decided that an eradication program should be put in place, before penguin losses and escalating costs of fox control threatened the tourism industry and its benefits to the local and state economy. The eradication program began in 2006.
Case study on the current attempt to eradicate foxes from Phillip Island off the Victorian coast. Produced by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre as part of the PestSmart series.
|Reference type:||Fact Sheet|
|Author:||Invasive Animals CRC|
|Publisher:||Invasive Animals CRC|
|ISBN/ISSN:||PestSmart code: FXCS5|
|Control method:||Integrated Pest Management|
|Documents:||PestSmart Case Study: Foxes on Phillip Island [200kb PDF]|