The fox control efforts of land managers in the Boorowa district have gone from strength to strength. With the spring Feral Fighters baiting program about to launch, here are some of the common questions Local Land Services get asked about fox baiting.
Is it worthwhile?
In short, Yes. Foxes cost the Australian agricultural industries more than $227 million a year, and have a significant impact on our native wildlife.
Who should bait?
Any land manager who believes in protecting our agricultural production and the environment.
When should I bait?
The common sense approach would be to bait just before lambing. But, with the change in production systems, research and demographics it’s not that simple. Our focus should be on baiting at least twice a year and trying to coincide with either when juvenile foxes are dispersing (January-March) or when energy demands are greatest (September-November).
What qualifications do I need?
The pesticide control order requires that users of 1080 have a certificate of a Chemical Accreditation training program assessed at Australian Qualifications Framework level 3 (AQF3) or have completed the 1080 and Pindone training that our organisation offers.
How can we dispel the myths of fox baiting?
The easiest way to dispel most myths is by following the pesticide control order, notifying neighbours, following distance restrictions, using appropriate signage, reducing the risk to non-target species and protecting working dogs by muzzling or excluding them from baiting locations.
For more information, please contact South East Local Land Services on 6118 7700.