Coordinated fox baiting the key - Eastern Eyre Peninsula
06 February 2015
During March eligible land managers can collect free fox baits and discuss their property baiting programs with Natural Resources Officers at a number of convenient locations across Eastern Eyre Peninsula.
Natural Resources Officer Kate Brocklehurst says that it’s important for land managers to work strategically with neighbours to conduct fox baiting at the same time.
“Land managers bait for a variety of reasons including reducing predation on livestock, especially during lambing, as a good neighbour policy, or to protect native wildlife such as birds and reptiles on their property,” said Ms Brocklehurst.
Department of Primary Industries research indicates that producers who worked with neighbours in a group fox baiting program (i.e. baited at the same time) were able to increase lambing percentages by up to 20 per cent and those that baited twice a year, prior to lambing, had the greatest increase in lambing percentage.
The total annual cost of foxes to Australia’s environment and economy is estimated to be $227 million and last year Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula distributed over 10,000 fox baits to land managers across the region to reduce the local fox population.
Free fox baits can be collected at the locations listed below with dates and times of availability.
- Yadnarie/Cleve – Tanya Beinke’s farm: 2 March, 9:30 am
- Kelly – Kelly Hall: 3 March, 9.30 am
- Darke Peak – Darke Peak Silos: 4 March, 9.30 am
- Tuckey/Rudall – Alsbra Park carpark: 5 March, 9.30 am
- Coolanie/Glynn – Jack Curtis’s farm: 10 March at 9.30 am
- Mangalo – Mangalo Hall: 10 March at 1.30 pm
- Elbow Hill – Williams farm house: 11 March, 9.30 am
- Wharminda – Wharminda Hall: 12 March, 9.30 am
- Arno Bay – Gary (Baldy) Calliss’s farm: 13 March, 9.30 am
- Buckleboo – Buckleboo Sports Club: 10 March, 9.30 am
- Waddikee – Waddikee Sports Club: 11 March, 9.30 am
Land holders will need to bring a bucket with a sealed lid to collect baits or purchase one on the day.