Fox bait distribution days

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Landholders on eastern Eyre Peninsula are invited to attend group fox baiting days to help them plan their fox control programs.

Feb 2016

Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Officer Iggy Honan said the baiting days would begin on Monday, 22 February and continue until Friday, 4 March at locations across the region.

“Free fox baits will be available to eligible landholders, and NREP staff will be on hand to discuss property baiting programs and demonstrate new products such as the Canid Ejector, which injects 1080 poison directly into the fox’s mouth when it tugs on a dummy bait,” Mr Honan said.

“Research by the Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA indicates that sheep producers who work with their neighbours to bait at the same time in a well-coordinated program can increase their lambing percentages by up to 20 per cent.

“It also showed that the greatest increases in lambing result from baiting strategically twice a year: in autumn before winter lambing and during the spring fox breeding season.

“Other land managers bait as a good neighbour gesture or to protect wildlife on their properties.”

Foxes are estimated to cost Australia’s environment and economy about $230 million a year.

In 2015, Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula distributed more than 20,000 fox baits to landholders across the region.

Limited numbers of dried kangaroo meat baits will be available at the group baiting days depending on landholders’ previous usage. Bring along a bucket with a sealable lid or buy a bucket from NREP when you collect your baits.

Commercially-produced baits such as Foxoff are also available from all NREP offices. Commercial baits can be stored for months and cost $30 for a bucket of 20.

For more information please, contact Iggy Honan at the Cleve NRM Office on 0428 282 077 or iggy.honan@sa.gov.au or Kate Brocklehurst at the Whyalla NRM Office on 0488 000 481 or kate.brocklehurst@sa.gov.au.

For news, updates and reminders, follow Natural Resources EP on Twitter @EPNRM.

Group fox baiting distribution days open either 9:00am or 9:30am at the following locations around Eastern Eyre Peninsula:

1. Yadnarie -Tanya Beinke’s farm, 22 February

2. Kelly - Kelly Hall, 23 February

3. Darke Peak - Darke Peak Silos, 24 February

4. Tuckey/Rudall - Alsbra Park carpark, 25 February

5. Coolanie/Glynn - Jack Curtis’s farm, 26 February

6. Mangalo - Mangalo Hall, 29 February

7. Buckleboo - Buckleboo Oval, 29 February (9:00am open)

8. Elbow Hill - Williams Shearing Shed, 1 March

9. Waddikee -Waddikee Oval 1 March (9:00am open)

10. Wharminda - Wharminda Hall, 2 March

11. Arno Bay - Gary (Baldy) Calliss’s farm house, 3 March

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