A Central Queensland Fox control program is working to protect turtle nests from the pest this nesting season.
The three year project, running from 2021 to 2023, is a collaboration between Gladstone Regional Council and Fitzroy Basin Association’s Team Turtle CQ, to deliver targeted control of European Red Foxes from Yeppoon to Agnes Water.
The project will target areas near turtle nesting beaches in Agnes Water, Boyne Island and Tannum Sands.
Padfoot Animal Management Director James Davis says the project plays an important part in reducing the impact foxes have on biodiversity, helping to protect endangered and threatened species.
“The foxes play a massive, massive role in risks to vulnerable native species and as an introduced predator, everyone has a general biosecurity obligation to control fox numbers and manage the population numbers,” he says.
Local residents are encouraged to report all evidence of fox activity, sightings in coastal areas and turtle nest hunting.
A targeted Agnes Water Fox Control Program will start in February to help reduce predator impacts on local native and protected wildlife.
Trappings will be in place within certain coastal reserves along Springs Road and Captain Cook Drive.