Pest Animal Action Network
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The Pest Animal Action Network (PAAN) is a collaboration across eleven local government areas dedicated to tackling pest animals. The councils of Bayside, Cumberland, City of Canada Bay, Canterbury-Bankstown, Georges River, Inner West, Randwick City Council, Strathfield, City of Sydney, Sutherland Shire and Waverley are all involved. The group started life as the Southern Sydney Fox Management Group, a grant project supported by Sydney Coastal Councils Group through funding from the Australian Government. In that period they forged partnerships with Centennial Park, Invasive Animals CRC, Greater Sydney Local Land Services, NPWS, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sydney Airport and Sydney Trains. As a result, over 150 foxes were removed from the region, with councils developing the knowledge and systems to implement best practice methods. Twenty motion-activated remote cameras were used to monitor foxes and native species; 11 foxes were fitted with GPS collars to understand how they move around the urban landscape and how they can best be controlled; fox scat was collected to find out what foxes have eaten and what native species are most at risk. Read more about the management of foxes in southern Sydney and the project’s research.
We are learning more and more about the importance of urban biodiversity. A key output of the project was the development of a web portal for the community to report fox sightings. The response has been great and has highlighted just how widespread foxes are in the region. You can download the FoxScan app for iOS and Android and help manage the threat to our native fauna that foxes pose.
PAAN now has a home with SSROC and the network will continue its work managing the harm pest animals cause to southern Sydney’s birds, mammals, frogs and lizards. Find out more on PAAN’s YouTube channel.