Wild Dog & Pest Control

Free fox baits offered for Northern Tableland NSW program

Sheep Central June 17, 2024

FREE fox baits are being offered in New South Wales’s Northern Tablelands region for the first time in an effort to boost landholder participation in a control program this month.

With feral fox populations posing a threat to both the natural environment and livestock, Northern Tablelands Local Land Services is urging landholders around Armidale, Walcha and Guyra to work together with their neighbours and participate in the upcoming Fox Baiting Program this June.
Northern Tablelands Local Land Services will be offering free baits for the control of foxes for all accredited participants in the program this year.

Northern Tablelands LLS biosecurity officer Michael Smart said cooperation between neighbouring producers was key to the success of the program.

“This program has been running since the early 2000s, and we have always relied on the support of local volunteers to help us coordinate the groups at 18 localities across the region, and widespread participation from landholders”, he said.

“Through this support we are able to reduce the impact of fox predation on local ecosystems and livestock in the region.”

Landholders can get involved by joining a local fox control baiting group. The 2024 group baiting schedule can be found on the Local Land Services website at https://www.lls.nsw.gov.au/help-and-advice/pest-control/bait-collection/bait-collection-in-the-northern-tablelands

All landholders participating must be accredited and present their chemical card or arrange for an authorised agent to collect and lay baits on their behalf through Northern Tablelands Local Land Services.

Free online Vertebrate Pesticide Induction Training courses are also available to gain accreditation for a period of 5 years. Landholders can learn more at https://www.lls.nsw.gov.au/help-and-advice/pest-control/vertebrate-pesticide-induction-training.

Landholders interested in participating in the program should contact Northern Tablelands Local Land Services on (02) 6770 2000. More information is available at https://www.lls.nsw.gov.au/help-and-advice/pest-control/bait-collection/bait-collection-in-the-northern-tablelands


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