European red fox (Vulpes vulpes)
Invasive species fact sheet
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, 2011
Product code: BIO53.0610 (European red fox)
About the fact sheet
Since they were introduced for recreational hunting in the mid-1800s, foxes have spread across most of Australia. They have played a major role in the decline of a number of species of native animals and they also prey on newborn lambs. Control of foxes relies heavily on conventional techniques such as shooting, poisoning and fencing. In the future, a combination of biological and conventional control methods may be able to reduce the damage foxes cause.