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Now's the time for fox baiting

As fox baiting season begins, landholders are encouraged to work with Local Land Services and neighbours to control this damaging feral pest.

Autumn is a very effective time for fox control as young foxes are moving into new areas to set up their home territory.

Fox baiting programs improve lambing percentages, reduce disease spread and limit their impact on native fauna.

Areas with group fox baiting have significantly fewer foxes, reports Tim Seears, Team Leader Invasive Species & Plant Health with Central Tablelands Local Land Services.

"Spotlight counts have shown that fox numbers can be up to 85 % less in group fox baiting areas compared to non-baiting areas," Mr Seears said.

"Baiting for foxes can result in 10 per cent more lambs for the average sheep producer.

"This makes baiting a very worthwhile program for sheep producers to participate in. Likewise, cattle producers can reduce their risk of disease spread and occasional predation of calves.”

Central Tablelands Local Land Services is currently contacting landholders to assist them coordinate control programs and increase farm productivity.

Supporting coordinated  fox baiting groups is a key responsibility of Local Land Services and one of the services supported by rates.

“Due to a change in the 1080 Pesticide Control Order, 1080 users are required to undertake a risk assessment with the Local Land Services. If there are no significant risks requiring mitigation this will only take a few minutes,” Tim Seears said.

Landholders should bait sooner rather than later to complement current baiting activity. Replacement baiting over an extended period limits re-infestation during critical times like lambing. Follow up baiting in winter is another key time to control foxes.

"Baiting again in July also significantly limits fox populations—this is just before fox birthing season, so reduces new fox populations,” Mr Seears said.

If people are unable to participate in coordinated local groups, accredited landholders can contact their Local Land Services office to arrange the supply of baits.

Landholders are reminded of the risk to dogs during fox baiting season. People should take precautions not to let their dogs stray onto properties that are fox baiting.

For more information on fox control contact a Biosecurity Officer at your nearest Local Land Services office.

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