Friday, 1 March 2013

Hand in a bushy tail to enter Fox Lotto!

From ERIC SHACKLE, in Sydney, Australia.

Anyone handing in a foxtail to an office in Dubbo, New South Wales, during March will be entered for a cash prize in a Fox Lotto run by the  Livestock Health and and Pest Authority. Alternatively you may buy a poison bait to enter the contest.

Foxes attack poultry and native wildlife in many parts of Australia, despite landholders’ attempts to poison or trap them (thus validating the phrase “cunning as a fox”). 

 One Dubbo woman was so intent on winning a prize in the Lotto competition that she pulled up her car outside the LHPA office, opened the boot, and dragged out a whole fox carcass.

 “Exotic foxes pose a serious conservation problem in Australia”, says an article in Wikipedia. '”Current estimates indicate there are more than 7.2 million red fox (Vulpes vulpes) with a range extending throughout most of the continental mainland.

 “The species became established in Australia through successive introductions by settlers in the 1830s.  Due to its rapid spread and ecological impact, it has been classified as one of the most damaging invasive species in Australia.”



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