Controlling farm foxes on southern Eyre
12 February 2019
Southern Eyre Peninsula land managers are encouraged to collect free fox baits from Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula at one of their local group fox bait distribution days hosted at ten convenient locations, beginning on Monday 4 March and extending until Friday 8 March.
The group bait distribution days offer farmers a time and a place to collect fox baits in their area, in order to maximise the number of neighbouring properties baiting simultaneously.
Natural Resources Officer Lana Roediger said fox control is most effective when land managers work together to undertake baiting at the same time, and to also discuss anything in other Natural Resources Management related questions they may have in relation to weed control, pest management and stock water issues for example.
“Early autumn is a good time to bait as juvenile European red foxes are on the move and food sources are often low following summer, which can make a bait very attractive to a young hungry fox. Reducing fox numbers before commencing autumn lambing can also help reduce the risk of fox predation on lambs and native wildlife.”
NRM Officers will be available from 9:30 to 11:30 AM at the following southern Eyre locations, to provide information about fox baiting, different bait types and general feral animal control.
- Wanilla Hall - Monday 4 March
- Kurara Woolshed (Lincoln districts) – Monday 4 March
- Yallunda Flat Hall – Tuesday 5 March
- Port Neill Green Shed – Wednesday 6 March
- Wangary Oval - Wednesday 6 March
- Cummins Lincoln Rural Supplies – Thursday 7 March
- Tumby Bay Landcare Office – Thursday 7 March
- Ungarra Café - Friday 8 March
- Karkoo Hall - Friday 8 March
- Mikkira Station – Friday 8 March.
Land managers are reminded to please to bring along a bucket with a sealed lid to collect baits.
Last year 45,800 baits were distributed to land managers across Eyre Peninsula. Thirteen-thousand baits went to southern EP farmers alone and 5,370 fox baits where laid in Lincoln and Coffin Bay National Parks to help conserve native fauna such as goannas, ground-nesting birds, malleefowl and small native mammals.
Fox baits are also available from all Natural Resources EP offices throughout the year. Call your local office to make an appointment or contact Natural Resource Centre, Port Lincoln on 8688 3111. For the full list Eyre Peninsula bait distribution days visit: www.landscape.sa.gov.au/ep
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