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A call for Feral Fighters

This spring South East Local Land Services will target foxes and wild dogs in the Nerriga area, specifically with a focus on the Nadgigomar Nature Reserve through to Bees Nest Nature Reserve.

Biosecurity Officer Nicky Clarke said Local Land Services is calling on landholders in the area to join the spring Feral Fighters program and participate in a coordinated baiting campaign aimed at achieving a significant reduction in the population of these pest animals.

“Foxes and wild dogs pose significant biosecurity risks to primary industries, local communities and the environment,” Ms Clarke said.

“In addition to major impacts such as stock attacks and losses, it is important to note these pest animals have the ability to carry and disperse diseases, such as parvo, mange, hydatids and worms, which can have an effect on human health and domestic animals.

“Livestock producers, including but not limited to sheep, cattle and chickens or land managers with an interest in protecting wildlife in their local area would benefit from participating in the program.”

South East Local Land Services is encouraging group participation in the program. This approach which involves neighbours and local networks of land managers achieves better outcomes for everyone across the landscape.

Feral Fighter participants will receive free 1080/Pindone pesticide training and a limited number of free meat baits during the months of the campaign. The training is a legal requirement for anyone wanting to use chemicals to control foxes and wild dogs.

“Group baiting programs involving land managers who work collectively have proven to reduce fox and wild dog numbers over broad areas with more sustainable outcomes.

“So, land manager participation will be critical to the success of the spring Feral Fighters campaign,” Ms Clarke said.

Ground baiting significantly reduces fox numbers, making control methods such as aerial baiting and trapping specifically aimed at wild dogs far more effective at reaching and reducing the target species.

Spring is typically when pups and fox cubs start to disperse so it’s a timely reminder for all land managers to start thinking about being proactive. The ability and responsibility to manage wild dogs, foxes and other invasive species rests with every land manager. For more information and to register to become a Feral Fighter, please contact South East Local Land Services, Braidwood on (02) 4842 2594.

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Media contact: Nicky Clarke, 02 4842 2594