The Fox Eradication Program, including evidence collected during its operation, is the subject of a complaint to the Integrity Commission.
The Department advises that the information on these pages will be reviewed in light of any outcomes of the Integrity Commission’s consideration of the complaint.
A range of physical items have been collected since 1998 that indicate fox activity in Tasmania. The increasing accumulation of this evidence, along with a volume of credible fox sighting reports from members of the public, led the Tasmanian Government to initiate a 10-year fox eradication program from 2006 to 2014.
Encouragingly, no physical evidence of fox activity has been collected in Tasmania since July 2011 (see below) and it is hoped that fox eradication has been successful.
However, detecting foxes when they are in low numbers is very difficult and it is important that all members of the Tasmanian community remain vigilant for foxes and signs of their activity.
With millions of foxes on our doorstep on mainland Australia, there can be no doubt that foxes continue to be a real and serious threat to Tasmania's environment, agriculture and economy.Summary of physical items indicating fox activity in Tasmania that have been collected since 1998:
4 x Fox carcasses
1 x Fox skull
1 x Fox DNA positive blood sample
2 x Sets of fox footprints
61 x Fox-DNA positive scats
March 2012: Fox positive scats confirmed from Burnie and Railton
Results received on Friday 9 March 2012 from the University of Canberra's Institute for Applied Ecology report that two (2) scats have tested positive for fox DNA.Burnie (1)
Scat collected on 13 July 2011 during strategic monitoring activities. A total of eight fox positive scats have now been confirmed from the Burnie area since 2002.Railton (1)
Scat collected near Railton on 14 June 2011 during investigations in the area in response to a fox sighting report received from a member of the public.
Since 2007, nine other fox positive scats have been collected from within a 10 km radius of the current scats:
The latest physical evidence brings to 61 the total of fox positive scats collected in Tasmania since 2002.
- 5 x fox positive scats from Spreyton (collected 7 May 2008, 23 June 2008 and 26 Feb 2010)
- 2 x fox positive scats from Aberdeen (collected 23 Aug 2007 and 19 Mar 2008)
- 2 x fox positive scats from Barrington (collected 7 May 2008 and 17 June 2008)
View the Fox Evidence Updates for the period 2001 - 2011