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Spring fox control program about to kick off

Murray Local Land Services’ annual spring fox baiting program will get underway later this month across the region as part of the organisation's Feral Fighters program.

Biosecurity staff are working closely with local group baiting coordinators, farmers and public land managers to ensure as many property owners as possible participate in the program, which runs from 27 August to 17 September.

Murray Local Land Services Regional Pest Coordinator, John Nolan, said having a large uptake enhances the program’s effectiveness in removing foxes from the landscape.

“Holding a coordinated program enables large areas of the district to bait at the same time,” he said.

“Local coordinators are key to the success of the program.”

Mr Nolan said baiting in spring targets foxes during their breeding season, and is particularly beneficial for native wildlife such as ground-nesting birds, small mammals and turtles. It also has significant production benefits by increasing lamb survival rates, he said.

Local Land Services staff will be travelling across the region in coming weeks distributing baits at local drop-off points and providing pest animal information. District veterinarians will also attend to discuss animal health with property owners.

Landholders wanting to participate in the program must have appropriate chemical users accreditation, such as an AQF 3 chemical user’s card or the vertebrate pesticide induction training offered by Local Land Services.

Senior Biosecurity Officers Stuart Watson and Stephen Wilson will be running vertebrate pesticide induction training courses on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, 27 August, 10:30am, Holbrook Library, bookings 1300 795 299
  • Thursday, 29 August, 9.30am, Jerilderie Local Land Services office, 6 Jerilderie St. Bookings Stuart Watson 0427 010 894 or 03 5886 1203.

·Landholders wishing to order fox baits or book a training place can contact 1300 795 299.

Media Contact: John Nolan, 0428 629 278.