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The latest technology in wild dog and fox control

Central Tablelands Local Land Services will run training courses this spring in the use of the new Canid Pest Ejector, the latest innovation in wild dog and fox control available to landholders.
The State Government signed off on a new pesticide control order in early August allowing for the use of the ejector device by landholders in NSW. 
The ejector is a mechanical bait delivery device that ejects a prescribed dose of 1080 poison into the mouth of the target animal. 
 
"Foxes and wild dogs are the only known species in Australia capable of exerting sufficient force on the ejector trap to set off the spring loaded mechanism," said Central Tablelands Local Land Services Senior Biosecurity Officer, Mal Leeson. 

The instant release of the 1080 capsule at the trap site ensures the pest species is not able to drag the bait away to a new location, removing the risk of a bait being eaten by a non-target animal such as a working dog or native marsupial. 
 
Central Tablelands Local Land Services will be offering the ejector training as an optional, additional component of the standard Vertebrate Pesticide Induction Training course for the use of 1080 baits. 

Stand-alone Canid Pest Ejector courses will also be run in areas where there are established wild dog control groups such as the Rylstone district, Hargraves, Hill End, Oberon and the Goulburn River area east of Mudgee.

Licences are not necessary to purchase the ejector, but accreditation is required to handle the 1080 capsules used in the ejector, which can only be obtained through Local Land Services by people who have completed an approved 1080 training course.

"We think the ejectors will be particularly useful in very rugged, remote areas where it is not feasible to check bait sites frequently," said Mal Leeson. 

"Landholders can set the ejector trap and leave it for up to a month. They can also be set for up to four months in areas that can't be accessed by vehicle, increasing the likelihood that the target foxes and wild dogs will set off the device."

"With hand placed 1080 baits we have to be far more strict about the time frame they can be left out, to avoid risks to non-target animals such as working dogs." 

Mal Leeson says some LLS regions have already secured supplies of the new ejectors, but future distribution arrangements to landholders are yet to be finalised. 

"It's important to emphasise that the ejectors won't replace traditional baiting methods. Dogs and foxes are clever and some animals can learn bait avoidance, so we'll need to continue relying on a multitude of integrated control techniques including coordinated baiting programs," said Mr Leeson. 

For more information about the Canid Pest Ejector and for details about upcoming training courses in your area, contact Mal Leeson on 0428 721 860, or email: mal.leeson@lls.nsw.gov.au
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