Monitor and evaluate the plan
Once your fox management plan is put into action it needs to be monitored so you can evaluate its effectiveness and whether the objectives were achieved. Monitoring can include taking measurements to detect and quantify changes in fox damage (eg a reduction in lamb deaths, or an increase in wildlife populations), as well as recording operational details such as what was done, when, for how long, and by whom.
Once completed the plan needs to be evaluated, and if objectives were not achieved it is useful to know why not, so appropriate modifications to the strategy can be applied. Useful questions to ask when evaluating your plan include: how well did the plan work, what features worked and why, what features didn’t work and why not, was the timeframe appropriate, were there cost overruns or savings, could money be better spent next time, what changes could be made to make the plan work better?
You now have the information to modify your fox management plan if required, and once this has been done, your improved plan can be put into action and monitored again. The process can be repeated until you are satisfied your fox management plan is the best it can be.
More information on fox management programs:
- Brindabella and Wee Jasper Valleys Cooperative Wild Dog/Fox plan 2005-2010. NSW National Parks.
- Braysher M. and Saunders G. (2003). Pestplan. A guide to setting priorities and developing a management plan for pest animals. Commonwealth Government, Canberra.
- Linton V. (2001). Spotlight on Foxes. Primary Industries and Resources, South Australia.
- PestSmart Case Study: Coordinated group fox programs (FXCS1). Invasive Animals CRC (2011).
- PestSmart Case Study: Goonoo fox baiting program (FXCS6). Invasive Animals CRC (2012).
- PestSmart Case Study: Coordinated fox shooting program (FXCS2). Invasive Animals CRC (2011).
- PestSmart Case Study: Northern Sydney regional fox baiting program (FXCS7). Invasive Animals CRC (2012).
- PestSmart Case Study: Bounceback – fox control in the Flinders Ranges (FXCS3). Invasive Animals CRC (2011).
- PestSmart Case Study: Foxes on Phillip Island (FXCS5). Invasive Animals CRC (2012).
Guides to help develop a fox management plan:
- Glovebox Guide for Managing Foxes - This glovebox guide is designed to provide current information on best practice fox management for land managers, pest animal officers and others involved in the management of foxes.