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Tumba couple wins prize for pest control

A Tumbarumba couple is the major prize-winner in Murray Local Land Services’ Feral Fighters Fox Dog Lotto competition.

Geoff and Gail Arnold received a $2000 gift card from their local supplier of choice, Hammonds Hardware, Tumbarumba.

The Fox Dog Lotto competition is a joint initiative of Murray and Riverina Local Land Services under the banner of their pest management program, Feral Fighters.

It is designed to encourage landholders to participate in coordinated baiting programs that target foxes and wild dogs in the landscape. Landholders who collect baits from Local Land Services are automatically entered into the competition.

The Arnolds’ son-in-law Glen Hulm purchased the baits that led to the winning entry.

Glen said he baited primarily to protect native species such as small mammals and ground-nesting birds, as well as local livestock.

He believes that baiting alongside other land managers as part of the Murray Local Land Services’ autumn or spring programs gives a better result than individuals would achieve on their own.

Murray Local Land Services Manager Biosecurity and Emergency Services, Geoff Corboy, said the greater participation from landholders, the better the outcome in controlling foxes and wild dogs.

“We use over 40 individual group baiting pickup points across the region during the program to make it easier for our landholders to participate,” he said.

“The program distributes around 85,000 baits per year across the Murray region.”

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