As of January 2017, FIF has funded the installation of 7 “Fox-Saver” bins. Julie King, Director of Conservation and Wildlife Management with the CIC sent us this exciting report from the field:
The wildlife-proof cans that we installed out at Parson's Landing (remote beach campground) have made a HUGE difference!
Before I would spend 30 minutes each day I was out there [counting island foxes] picking up trash that foxes and ravens had drug into the bushes. I would always catch foxes there ... loaded with lice. [They had become] habituated moochers. This year, it was so different. No trash to be found on the ground or in the bushes and no foxes caught. To me, no foxes in camp is a testament to the effectiveness of the new trash cans. No more free meals. Outside of camp, there were plenty of foxes and they were all in great shape. Nice to see!
We know what works. Removing an unnatural food source also reduces unnatural concentrations of island foxes thereby decreasing the possible spread of disease. Prevention of problems is financially cost effective and reduces the need to react to crisis situations.
Friends of the Island Fox supports conservation measures that are proven to work:
- Vaccination for island foxes against canine distemper and rabies
- Monitoring with radio collars and annual counting to quickly detect unnatural population decline
- Securing trash with “Fox-Saver” bins to deter unnatural island fox behavior and threats from human activities
We are working with our friends at CIC on other measures to make campgrounds less attractive to island foxes and more usable for humans.
Now more than ever, island foxes need you to secure their survival into the future.