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Foxes pose a threat to native species such as the coastal koala. (supplied)
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Landholders are being asked to become involved in a three-year program to control foxes and dogs in an effort to save coastal populations of koalas.

The program will target land between the Pacific Highway and the Tyagarah Nature Reserve.

North Coast Land Services, Byron Shire Council, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and Brunswick Valley Landcare are joining forces to monitor and trap the invasive animals.

Landowner Bela Allen said foxes had been seen on monitoring cameras on his Tyagarah property ‘but we need neighbouring properties to join in the monitoring to track fox movements on all land bordering the Tyagarah Nature Reserve’.

‘We need a collaborative community approach to help save the coastal koala,’ Mr Allen said.

A fox captured on camera on private property near Tyagarah Nature Reserve. (Supplied)
A fox captured on camera on private property near Tyagarah Nature Reserve. (Supplied)

Kel Langfield, Senior Land Services Officer said the project encouraged landowners to participate in the program at a level they feel comfortable.

‘For example, they may choose to just allow monitoring cameras on their properties or participate through a combination of cage or soft jaw trapping as well as monitoring,’ Mr Langfield said.

Landholders interested in more information are asked to contact Kirby Doak, North Coast Local Land Services on 6623 3924.

This project is supported by North Coast Local Land Services, through funding from the National Landcare Programme.


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