Spring into fox baiting

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Do you know the benefits of fox baiting in spring? It is an often overlooked, but critical, part of a successful control program. Not only will it help protect our native wildlife, it will also reduce fox numbers in the lead up to lambing in autumn.

Do you know the benefits of fox baiting in spring? It is an often overlooked, but critical, part of a successful control program. Not only will it help protect our native wildlife, it will also reduce fox numbers in the lead up to lambing in autumn.

Natural Resource Management Officer Michelle Sargent said spring is breeding season for foxes, with an increased food demand for rearing young.

“Baiting during spring, then again in autumn when foxes are beginning to disperse, is best practice for a substantial reduction in population numbers,” Ms Sargent said.

In the South East, ground-dwelling birds such as the Malleefowl which are listed as vulnerable under the National Parks and Wildlife Act, are susceptible to fox predation.

“With our extensive range of wetlands and native vegetation, we find our water birds, small mammals and reptiles are at high risk from foxes.

“Foxes also spread disease and weeds. Being omnivores and scavengers, they will feed on fruits from weeds such as blackberry, spreading the seeds. A coordinated approach is key to effective fox control.

“Foxes do not recognise property boundaries. Working with neighbours to bait at the same time will have a much greater result, reducing both the fox population and level of reinvasion.”

For fox, pest or weed control advice, contact your local NRMO or the Natural Resources centre in Mount Gambier on 8735 1177.

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