Pet own­ers warned as bait­ing pro­gram to start

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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.

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