Cunning fox a no show for four weeks as operation penguin continues

A screen shot of the fox through the infra-red cameras. Picture: NSW National Parks and W

A screen shot of the fox through the infra-red cameras. Picture: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

It’S been four weeks and no sighting of the thrill-killing fox who slaughtered 27 little penguins at North Head last month.

Neither the night’s watch volunteers or the infra-red cameras near the penguin nests have spotted the cunning creature.

FOX INVESTIGATION CONTINUES AS PENGUIN’S NIGHT WATCH KEEPS GUARD

An Office of Environment and Heritage spokesman said there’s also good news for the penguins.

Penguin roosting in a box at Collins Beach, Manly. Picture: Martin Lange.

Penguin roosting in a box at Collins Beach, Manly. Picture: Martin Lange.

“No further little penguin deaths have been ­recorded in the past month,” the spokesman said.

PENGUIN-KILLING FOX STILL AT LARGE

The military-like operation that has taken place since the killing incident has been no easy feat – with parks staff and volunteers spending every night standing guard at Manly Wharf, Collins Beach, Store Beach and Q Station as well as shooters working strategically throughout the night.

At one stage the National Parks and Wildlife Service staff in charge of the operation were outfoxed, quite literally, with a marksman shooting dead the wrong fox. It wasn’t a loss however, with a necropsy by Taronga Zoo showing it had been eating bandicoots and possums – both protected species. There is a plan to review the operation based on the success of last month’s work.

FOX KILLS PENGUINS IN MANLY

[via Daily Telegraph]

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