Spring fox baiting is ramping up across the Murray region of southern NSW.
Our invasive species team has begun issuing baits to participating landholders in a coordinated program that aims to maximise the reach of baiting through public participation.
This spring we are again running our Fox Dog Lotto competition, which encourages landholders to take part in fox and wild dog control by offering weekly prizes and entry to a major prize draw to win a fishing tinny, motor and trailer.
Anyone with a Property Identification Code who purchases baits from Murray Local Land Services is automatically included in both the weekly and major prize draws.
Foxes not only kill livestock, but also threaten the survival of many native species, including birds and small mammals.Matt Lane
The winner of the major prize will be announced during the upcoming Henty Machinery Field Days.
As part of our baiting program, we also lay baits on travelling stock reserves in the region, while the Forestry Corporation and National Parks and Wildlife Service cover state forests and nature reserves.
We run two major baiting programs, in autumn and spring, with the spring round specifically targeting pregnant females in a bid to reduce fox populations the following autumn.
In past years, our invasive species team has issued more than 55,000 fox baits region-wide.
Foxes not only kill livestock but also threaten the survival of many native species, including birds and small mammals. Removing them from the landscape helps both farmers and the environment.
Baiting with 1080 poison is the most cost-effective way to control the fox population, and it complements other methods such as shooting and den destruction.
The baits include chicken wings, lamb tongues and manufactured meat baits.
Participating landholders need to undergo vertebrate pest induction training before they can receive baits, and they can arrange this through Murray Local Land Services.
Murray Local Land Services also encourages landholders to form fox baiting groups with their neighbours so that the baiting they do is more coordinated and has greater reach.
For more information on the Murray LLS’s fox baiting program, or to arrange for vertebrate pest induction training, contact the Murray Local Land Services team on the following numbers: Albury, Steve Wilson, 0427 362 618; Holbrook, Claire Hockley, 0419 839 049 and Jerilderie, Roger Harris, 0427 010 892.