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Now the time for fox baiting

During fox baiting season, rural landholders are encouraged to work with Local Land Services and neighbours to control this damaging feral species.

Autumn is a very effective time for fox control as young foxes are moving into new areas to set up their home territory. South East Local Land Services runs the Feral Fighters program, which targets foxes and wild dogs. Feral Fighters is a group control program, so relies on the coordinated efforts of local landholders.

Fox baiting programs improve lambing percentages, reduce disease spread and limit their impact on native fauna.

Areas with group fox baiting have significantly fewer foxes, reports Senior Biosecurity Officer, Matt McNaughton

"Baiting for foxes can result in a reduction in the loss of lambs.” Matt said.

"This makes baiting a very worthwhile program for sheep producers to participate in. Likewise, cattle producers can reduce their risk of disease spread and occasional predation of calves.”

South East Local Land Services is currently working with landholders and fox baiting groups to control this damaging pest species. To find out more, contact Goulburn Local Land Services on 4824 1900.

Landholders should bait sooner rather than later to complement current baiting activity. Follow up baiting in late winter is another key time to control foxes.

"Baiting again in July also significantly limits fox populations—this is just before fox birthing season, so reduces new fox populations,” Matt said.

If people are unable to make local group meetings, accredited landholders can contact their Local Land Services office to arrange a time to pick up baits.

Landholders are reminded of the risk to dogs during fox baiting season. People should take precautions not to let their dogs stray onto properties that are fox baiting.

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Media contact: David Michael 0418 513 880, Marketing and Communications Coordinator South East Local Land Services