Autumn fox baiting to kick off
PRODUCTION ADVICE / NRM NEWS - FEBRUARY 2022 - INVASIVE SPECIES
By John Nolan
Regional Pest Coordinator
P: 03 5881 9921 | M: 0428 629 278 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Baiting for pests, such as foxes and rabbits, is so much more effective when we make it a neighbourhood project.
Our Feral Fighters program encourages landholders and their neighbours to form baiting groups. By signing up as a Feral Fighter, you’ll have access to the training and baits you need, and we can support you to join an existing local baiting group or to start a new one.
Early autumn is the time to target foxes and our autumn fox baiting campaign will begin in early March and is the perfect opportunity for you to get involved (if you haven’t already!) Keep an eye out for our Feral Fighters booklet in your mailbox, which contains information about bait drop-off locations across the local area.
After a period of low fox numbers, populations are now growing. Foxes are major predators of poultry, native wildlife, lambs, and goat kids and cause up to $227 million of damage in Australia each year, including lower lambing percentages and production losses.
You must be accredited with an AQF3 Chemical Accreditation or a Vertebrate Pesticide Induction Training (VPIT) accreditation to obtain and use 1080 baits. Our free VPIT course is available online.
All the face-to-face VPIT courses advertised in the Feral Fighters booklet are currently CANCELLED due to COVID. If you can’t complete the course online, contact your local biosecurity officer to register your interest when courses will be rescheduled.
Help us control fox numbers and contact our biosecurity team today on 1300 795 299.
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