Riverina Local Land Services, Forestry Corporation and National Parks and Wildlife Service have joined forces to conduct an aerial baiting program in the Gilmore, Goobarragandra, Adjungbilly and Brindabella wild dog plan areas.
The program, using baits with 1080 poison, began yesterday on state forest and managed lands.
Riverina Local Land Services Invasive Species team leader Toby O’Brien said that the baits are deployed from helicopters along predetermined and approved map routes, and that these areas are inaccessible to other forms of control.
The aerial part is only one element of a three-pronged attack on the scourge of wild dogs.
“This is the sixth year of the project, and the aerial component is an integral part of a control program which also includes trapping and land baiting. It is assisting us wild dog control and is a tool used in conjunction with other control methods. One their own, each part would not be effective; when you are using them all, that’s when you get success. Integrated pest management gives you the best results. ”
Mr O’Brien said the program is working.
“Livestock attacks and wild dog sightings have decreased,” he said.
Mr O’Brien said that foxes, cats and dogs were highly susceptible to 1080 in baits, but that it didn’t pose an adverse risk to native wildlife.
The baits that will be deployed in the Gilmore, Goobarragandra, Adjungbilly and Brindabella areas will be among 10,000 baits deployed in the Riverina region.
The baits will be laid in accordance with Pesticide Control Order 2020 under section 38 Pesticides Act 1999. Areas undergoing treatment will have signs displayed and all directions regarding entry should be followed.
Landholders, neighbours and visitors are warned to restrain their pets and working dogs and ensure they do not enter the baiting location during poisoning operations or to muzzle dogs if they are required to work the baiting location during and after poisoning.