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Group control better for managing pest animals

The Central Tablelands Local Land Services encourages landholders to consider their neighbours when carrying out pest animal control on their properties.

Mudgee based, Senior Biosecurity Officer Mal Leeson, says Local Land Services is working with several groups that were formed for many purposes in the region, with the aim of using resources in the most efficient and effective way.

“The great thing about groups is once they are formed, they are able to target many different issues and they are not limited to pest animals alone,” he said.

“Wild Dog Associations are a great example of how landholders with a common interest can band together to suppress a common problem.

Local Land Services biosecurity staff work closely with each Association, comprised of landholder representatives, to develop the wild dog control strategy. This gives landholders the opportunity to have direct input into the program.”

“Once established, the associations report stock losses and wild dog activity to Local land services on a regular basis. This allows the biosecurity staff to target reactive control programs in wild dog affected areas.”

Mr Leeson said the District Wild Dog Association is another example of how a group of landholders can improve pest animal control by working collaboratively.

“In this instance, crown land managers, wild dog association representatives and Local Land Services liaise to manage funds to employ wild dog trappers in known problem areas.

Since the formation of the group, more than 90 wild dogs have been removed from problem areas during organised programs,” Mr Leeson said.

With the recent changes to pesticide legislation, landholders must either have a current AQF3 chemical card or have successfully completed the 1080/Pindone induction training course to enable them to obtain 1080 or Pindone baits.

Since 2015, land managers have been able to access Canid Pest Ejectors (CPE). CPEs are a mechanical device that when activated by a fox or wild dog, deliver a lethal dose of 1080. Training in the use of CPE’s is now included in the Local Land Service pesticide induction training course.

It is expected that a newly developed toxin for fox and wild dog control will be available during 2016. Para-aminopropiophenone (PAPP) will be available as a pre-prepared bait and will be used as an alternative to 1080 poisoned baits.

PAPP has a faster mode of action and also has the advantage of having an antidote. Prior to the deployment of PAPP baits, users will be required to complete a short training course. This training will be included in the Local Land Service pesticide induction training course.

Mr Leeson said fox and wild dog baiting carried out as a group is an excellent way to minimise the quantity of bait required on one property which in turn saves on the expense incurred.

“Fox and wild dog baiting as a group also ensures that poisoned baits are present in the field for shorter periods limiting the exposure to domestic animals such as working dogs,” he said.

Landholders interested in setting up pest control groups in their area or enrolling in the pesticide induction course are urged to contact their nearest office of the Central Tablelands Local land Services.

For more information on the event, please contact Mal Leeson on 02 6378 1707 or email mal.leeson@lls.nsw.gov.au

Media contact: Kylie Krause 0439 608370 | kylie.krause@lls.nsw.gov.au