Last week of summer is fox bait distribution week
10 February 2017
Fox baits will soon be available for purchase, and property owners are being encouraged to coordinate their efforts for best results.
Natural Resources Northern and Yorke Community Ranger Luke Gabell said foxes were one of the world’s most successful predators, costing Australian farmers more than $227 million a year in lost production.
“For farmers to increase their lamb marking percentages, an effective fox control program is essential,” Mr Gabell said.
“Foxes don’t stay inside property boundaries, so coordinated control programs across neighbouring properties, whether they’re lambing or not, brings the best results as it lowers the overall fox population.”
Best practice for a fox baiting program is to bait for one month twice a year – around April to target young foxes finding new territories, and around November when females are breeding and are under the greatest food stress.
Checking and replacing taken baits every four days takes about one minute per station.
Natural Resources Northern and Yorke officers have 1080 fox baits available for landholders to purchase. If three or more neighbours bait at the same time of year, they may be eligible to purchase the fox baits at a subsidised rate.
Dates and locations as follows:
|Tuesday, 28 February||Wilmington: Memorial HallQuorn: Railway Tce by Rural TradersHawker: Opposite Hawker CFS||9:30-10:30am1:45-12:45pm2:30-3:30pm|
|Wednesday, 1 March||Booleroo Centre: Front of Northern AgPort Germein: Jetty CarparkMelrose: Carpark by North Star Hotel||9:30-10:30am11:30-12:30pm2:30-3:30pm|
|Thursday, 2 March||Peterborough: Football Club, Main St||10-11am|
Please bring your section numbers with you to complete the paperwork.
Natural Resources Northern and Yorke officers can help you and your neighbours plan a coordinated program.
For help to plan your fox control program and for details about cost of baits, distribution centres and other information, contact Luke Gabell on 0448 314 491.