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Coordinated baiting - key to wild dog and fox control

Landholder groups across the Central Tablelands are currently in the thick of annual baiting programs targeting wild dogs and foxes. These coordinated efforts will have a far greater pay off than individual attempts to control feral pests according to the Central Tablelands Local Land Services Invasive Species Team.

Autumn and early winter are a busy time for the Invasive Species Team which is working with landholder groups in the Hargreaves Hill End, Rylstone, Goulburn River, West Macquarie, Palmers Oakey and Hampton areas, to coordinate annual wild dog and fox baiting campaigns.

“Working together with your neighbours is definitely the best way to get more bang for your buck,” said Invasive Species Team Leader, Tim Seears.

“Carrying out baiting as a group maximises the benefit of money and time spent on baiting, and has a much greater impact on fox and wild dog numbers across the landscape.”

“Baiting as a group also ensures that poisoned baits are present within a confined timeframe, limiting the exposure to domestic animals such as working dogs, in contrast to baiting spread over a longer period, as tends to be the case with individual baiting programs.”

“The West Macquarie Group is a good example of landholders coming together to tackle fox and wild dog problems and getting a positive result. They’ve just completed the first round of baiting for 2016, and they’ll do another follow up round in July, which is best practice procedure.”

The West Macquarie Group formed in 2015 and has members in an area from Fremantle near Bathurst out to Stuart Town on the other side of Orange.

“This group was formed after a number of individual landholders contacted Local Land Services about the growing wild dog problem in that region. Local Land Services helped to facilitate a community meeting to bring interested landholders together who then formed a coordinated baiting group.”

“We also organised training courses so that people had the necessary accreditation to handle Pindone and 1080 baits, and there was certainly a decrease in fox numbers after the first strategic baiting campaign last year, as well as a reduction in reports of wild dogs across that area.”

“Cooperation and collaboration between neighbouring properties underpins the overall success of feral pest control efforts,” stated Tim Seears.

Landholders interested in setting up pest control groups in their area should contact their nearest Local Land Services office.

Media contact: Kylie Krause | 0439608370