Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3


Foxes, Vermin control

First Page Number


Last Page Number



Until 1916, there were no foxes known to exist in Western Australia. One was reported as having been seen at Esperance in that year and there are records of a fox being shot at Sandstone in 1917. Within a few years of the first recordings, foxes had spread almost throughout the State, and although bonuses have been paid on over 893,000 fox scalps during the past 30 years, we still have a large and thriving fox population which takes a heavy annual toll of young lambs and poultry besides contributing to insect damage of crops and pastures by the destruction of insectivorous birds.