"Foxes kill about 300 million native mammals, birds and reptiles each year, and
can be found across 80% of mainland Australia, our devastating new research
published today reveals.
This research, the first to quantify the national impact of foxes on Australian
wildlife, also compares the results to similar studies on cats. And we found
foxes and cats collectively kill 2.6 billion mammals, birds and reptiles every
This enormous death toll is one of the key reasons Australia’s biodiversity is
suffering major declines. Cats and foxes, for example, have played a big role
in most of Australia’s 34 mammal extinctions, including the desert rat-kangaroo
which rapidly declined once foxes reached their region.
Australia must drastically scale up the management of both predators, to give
native wildlife a fighting chance and to help prevent future extinctions."
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics