Pet owners warned to take care around baited areas
Pilbara pet owners are being encouraged to muzzle their animals or refrain from bringing them to areas that may be baited for feral cats, foxes and wild dogs.
The baits are wrapped in meat so are very appealing to dogs.
Baits are left by the Department of Parks and Wildlife in national parks and by the Pilbara Regional Biosecurity Group on station areas. Areas baited by DPaW and Pil- bara RBG are well signposted, but Exmouth Veterinary Hospital vet Megan Gall said there were some unsigned spots that could still carry a risk.
“We had a case where the baits might have been aerial dropped and it might have been on a different area of the station from where they were expecting,” she said.
“They were closer to the road than anyone expected.”
Ms Gall said pet owners should always err on the side of caution as there was no obligation for baited private property to warn of potential poisons in the area.
“We tell people DPaW always have the signposting, so you just keep your dogs away from those areas, but anywhere where you probably shouldn’t be or you’re not sure if you should be, there would be areas where you should perhaps muzzle your dog in case,” she said.
A DPaW spokeswoman said the department had a strict no pet policy in its State forests, national parks and nature reserves, and laid baits to control introduced predators such as feral cats and foxes.
Pilbara RBG drops baits for wild dogs on behalf of pastoralists to protect their livestock.
RIGHT: People are being encouraged to leave their dogs at home when venturing out to potentially baited areas.