Tas Govt asked to hasten fox eradicationWhat do YOU think of this plan to eradicate the Tasmanian Fox? We've asked several
The Federal Government has welcomed Tasmania's decision to increase funding for fox eradication.
However, it has questioned the 10-year time frame
Federal Minister for the Environment, Eric Abetz, says he is pleased the State Government has decided to increase funding to eradicate foxes, but says the 10 year time-frame is too long and the fox needs to be eradicated in the next few years.
Senator Abetz says the Federal Government supports the Fox Free Task Force, but says the evidence needs to be reassessed in two years to see how successful it is.
"If they're serious about the fox, they'll be front-end loading money now so we get rid of it and we won't be talking about the fox in 10 years' time," he said.
The potential damage a fox population could cause is an estimated $20 million a year.
The new eradication plan includes a state-wide scat survey and baiting.
|REYNARD, PARIS, FRANCE|
"Ze proud and noble breed, Le Fuchs, shall never give in to these Australian people! NEVER!"
|MR FOX (first name FANTASTIC), SURREY, ENGLAND|
"Ha! You Australian swine will never catch cunning old Foxy at his work!
(Ooh, look, some tasty chickens!)"
|FOXY LADY, FOXWOOD, IOWA|
"Well, hi there stranger. Why don't you just come on over here while I paws you a whiskerful of gin? Come on, don't be shy. Now, what were we talkin' about again ...?"