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Feral Fighters making a difference as Quoll pups sighted

Collective fox control by members of the South East Local Land Services Feral Fighters’ ‘Quollidor project’ team is reaping rewards as new Quoll pups have been sighted on the ground.

A total of 45 private holdings in the areas of Jamberoo, Foxground, Brogers Creek, Wattamolla, Kangaroo Valley, Upper Kangaroo River, Upper Kangaroo Valley, Barrengarry, Robertson and Knights Hill, joined in the group baiting program to support the Office of Environment and Heritage’s ‘Saving Our Species Quollidor program’.

Liz Silverstone has been monitoring animal activity and participating in the Feral Fighters for many months.

“It was easier than I thought and when combined with a community effort, far more effective and rewarding.

“I haven’t seen foxes on my property for months, nor had any hens taken”.

Kit Holmes has also been participating in the program.

“It’s great to be able to give something back to the environment. The Feral Fighters program has potentially saved the lives of thousands of native animals.”

The program targeted foxes in a buffer zone around the known Quoll habitat in Barren Grounds Nature Reserve and Budderoo National Park. Foxes compete with Quolls for food and also prey on juveniles. By restricting their numbers land managers are helping to create a safer more habitable space for the emerging Quoll population.

“We know that coordinated, group control efforts have the greatest impact on pest animals, so to see so many local land managers engaged and participating in this campaign is really heartening” said Evelyn Osborne, campaign coordinator and LLS biosecurity support officer.

“Many people think that pest control is just for people with livestock, but we can see from this program that biosecurity, pest animal, programs can have a significant impact on biodiversity conservation programs too.”

The Feral Fighters program, funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, is free to join. Members receive free vertebrate pesticide training to undertake baiting and also receive their first 40 1080 baits free of charge to use in the biannual coordinated campaigns.

Training sessions are held at the South Coast Local Land Services office in Berry. To find out about the next training session or to learn more about the Feral Fighters program contact Evelyn Osborne on 02 4464 6005.

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Media contact: Dave Michael, South East Local Land Services, 0418 513 880