Pet owners warned as baiting program to start
Pet owners are warned largescale baiting for environmental conservation will soon begin on the Burrup Peninsula and the Dampier Archipelago by the Department of Parks and Wildlife.
The department hopes their efforts to control foxes through their Western Shield program will help conserve native fauna like Rothschild’s rock wallaby, the northern quoll and threatened sea turtle species.
DPaW operations officer Eleanor Killen said aircraft would drop dried meat baits laced with 1080 poison in October.
“Baiting will take place on the Burrup Peninsula, Dolphin Island, Angel Island and Gidley Island in October, but please note that ground baiting of the Burrup Peninsula also occurs at other times throughout the year,” she said.
“In the dry Pilbara environment, 1080 may persist for longer periods of time than in wetter areas.
“So it should be assumed that the northern Burrup Peninsula and the three islands mentioned … are poison-risk areas for domestic animals all year-round.” The poison 1080 is toxic to humans and will kill domestic dogs and cats if consumed.
Pets are not permitted in Murujuga National Park or islands in the Dampier Archipelago. If you think your pet has eaten one of the baits, you should induce vomiting and immediately seek veterinary attention.