Workshop offers fox control measures
INFORMATION on the latest methods and technology to control foxes attracted about 50 people from Waroona through to Benger to a workshop in Harvey last month.
The Peel-Harvey Biosecurity Group hosted the event with Agriculture and Food experts providing hands-on demonstrations and fielding questions.
Different trap designs, baiting options, barrier fencing and permits were also discussed on the day.
Harvey shire environmental officer Samantha Pickering said it was a productive and informative afternoon directed at the problems landholders encountered with foxes.
“Foxes are a huge problem in our shire at the moment, especially in the Cookernup area,” Ms Pickering said.
“The workshop provided a good overview of the latest technology on offer.
“There were a lot of questions on fox control from hobby farmers whose properties are too small to allow baiting.
“This is an ongoing issue because smaller block sizes limit baiting but landholders learned that they could apply in combination for baiting permits to reach the 1ha minimum size.”
Wokalup farmer Marion Lofthouse said the strong turnout at the workshop indicated that foxes were a big problem for landholders.
She said Barry Davies, biosecurity and regulation community engagement officer for agriculture and food at the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, talked about the different types of traps and baiting options using a new injector hidden underneath bait to inject poison directly into the fox’ mouth when it took to the bait.
Another option was to poison eggs and leave them out for the foxes to eat.
Barry Davies, biosecurity and regulation community engagement officer for agriculture and food at the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, demonstrates the use of poison injectors to Peel-Harvey Biosecurity Group chief executive officer Jonelle Cleland.