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A call for Feral Fighters

Local Land Services will target foxes and wild dogs in the south east and Riverina regions of NSW this coming autumn as part of a coordinated baiting campaign aimed at achieving a significant reduction in these populations.

The Feral Fighters 2015 autumn fox and dog campaign will run from mid-March to the end of May and will involve the use of 1080 poisoned baits buried in the ground within prescribed distance restrictions.

South East Local Land Services Biosecurity Manager, Daniel Shaw said foxes and wild dogs pose significant biosecurity risks to primary industries, local communities and the environment.

"The ability and responsibility to successfully manage dogs and foxes and other invasive species rests with every land manager," Mr Shaw said.

"Land manager participation will be critical to the success of the Feral Fighters program and the autumn offensive.

"Local Land Services is encouraging group participation in the program, involving neighbours and local networks of land managers because this approach achieves better landscape outcomes.

"Coordinated group programs have proven to reduce fox and wild dog numbers over broad areas with more sustainable outcomes.

"Local Land Services is a land manager for its Travelling Stock Reserve network and reserves will be baited as part of the program," Mr Shaw said.

Local Land Services will provide Feral Fighters campaign participants with free pesticide training during the prescribed months of the campaign, a free aerial map of their property for planning purposes, and the first 30 meat baits will be provided free of charge during the autumn and spring baiting programs.

"This training is a legal requirement for people wanting to use chemicals to control foxes and wild dogs," Mr Shaw said.

"Other control methods will also be discussed at the training."

Feral Fighters was born from the successful Jerrawa Creek Landcare and Yass Area Network of Landcare Groups' Feral Fox Fighters program. Local Land Services, with support from these groups, is expanding this initiative to strategically target all feral animals.

For more information and to become a Feral Fighter, please contact your nearest Local Land Services office on 1300 795 299 or visit: southeast.lls.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity/pest-control/feral-fighters.

Media contact:

Debra Thompson
Senior Land Services Officer (Communications)
South East Local Land Services
Telephone: 02 4224 9707
Email: Debra.Thompson@lls.nsw.gov.au