43km feral-proof fence at Mt Gibson near completion

43km feral-proof fence at Mt Gibson near completion
Mt Gibson
Field Program
Feral cat and fox control
Woylie | Shark Bay Mouse | Greater Stick-nest Rat

Fitting insulators for the hot wires - M McFall

May 2014: The 43km feral-proof fence at Mt Gibson is near completion, with all upper netting installed and the lower vertical netting and skirt netting in progress. While the recent rain has slowed down the netting installation, it has also enabled us to assess the effectiveness and reliability of the fence in the five watercourses that the fence traverses. Over the next month, seven gates will be constructed and fitted to the fence, taking the fence to “lock up” stage.

Preparations are underway for feral control activities which will enter their next phase after the fence is completed. Our Sanctuary Manager, Rob Lennard, and the Feral Animal Control team have been building traps and planning their assault on the feral cats, foxes and rabbits that currently inhabit the 7,800 hectares of woodland enclosed by the fence.  Our aim is to have the area feral-free before the end of summer.  

Read more about the Mt Gibson Endangered Wildlife Restoration Project.

Key facts:

  • The construction of a purpose-built 43 kilometre fence at Mt Gibson will establish the largest fox and cat-free area on mainland Western Australia (7,800 hectares).
  • AWC will reintroduce nine of Australia’s most endangered mammal species - the Bilby, Numbat, Woylie, Western Barred Bandicoot, Shark Bay Mouse, Red-tailed Phascogale, Greater Stick-nest Rat and Chuditch.
  • This single project will help provide a more secure future for 14% (one in seven) of Australia’s 65 nationally threatened mammal species and will increase the global Numbat population by 33%.

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