Travelling through outback NSW last month, we were surprised to see dead foxes by the roadsides, obviously hit by passing vehicles.
Over three-days of driving we counted 16 dead foxes. Far more than any we had ever seen on similar trips – and more than the dead kangaroos, which is sadly what we usually see. (Relating also to the road-kill wombats often seen along the strip of road between Cooma and East Gippsland).
We were puzzled by the increase in foxes and wondered why their population had increased to such a degree, as to present so many car-skittled bodies.
At the same time on our travels we witnessed the horrendous destruction meted out by NSW’s mouse plague. We saw haystacks and hay bales partially demolished, collapsing, like runnels of bleeding hay, spreading across the paddocks, by the influx of millions of these ghastly little rodents.
‘Ah’, we thought,
‘Are the foxes thriving on meals of mice?’
Would love an answer.
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