Driving through a wee little town near Castlemaine Victoria, “Yapeen” we spied something a little out of the ordinary. At first, we thought someone, not so fond of Bugs Bunny and his mates had taken to the fields and eradicated the rabbit population of the area. But, upon inspection, these rabbits were a little big. A quick turnaround on the Midland Highway, and before I knew it, we were up close and personal with these critters. These were not rabbits, but foxes.
Here they were hanging in a row from the fence. Their condition reflected the time they had obviously been hanging there. The weather still being somewhat cold, the smell could have been worse, but even in the cooler weather the smell was very distinct.
Later we did a little digging and came up with this.
Victorian fox fence draws many fans
CHRIS McLENNAN, The Weekly Times
July 27, 2016 12:00am
A couple of full articles on this very fenceline, written up by the Weekly Times
Have you ever seen a fox when camping or driving?
You should have as their numbers are vast.
Introduced into Australia for recreational hunting, we now have a very big population of foxes. During the mid 1800’s, the native wildlife of Australia had no idea what was about to hit them. The fox population grew quickly and many of the native wildlife dwindled in numbers. The fox hunt the wildlife and they compete for the available food resources.
The cane toad which was introduced into Australia is yet another example of a species thriving in this environment at the expense of the native wildlife. I am yet to see the cane toad fence though.
The fox is adaptable and eats almost anything, with its preference being small animals, insects and fruit. Maybe we should introduce the fox to the cane toad.
They are amazingly fast and very independent and apparently great parents.
Farmer from Yapeen declares War on Foxes
Foxes are vermin in Australia and controls are in place to keep their numbers down. The owner of this property in Central Victoria has made his little neck of the woods somewhat famous. He has also opened discussion on both sides around the control of foxes. Yapeen’s fox fence is said to attract hundreds of visitors each week, during its heyday (2016). At that time, social media exploded with the story being shared. Camp and travel cannot quote the number of visitors today, but we can say the fence definitely captures one’s attention.