Work­shop of­fers fox con­trol mea­sures

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

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.

Pic­ture: Agri­cul­ture and Food at the De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional Devel­op­ment

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.

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