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Fox Control in Western Victoria
Thursday August 28, 2003

Landholders in Victoria's west are being encouraged to come together to help tackle the fox problem.

After running for 12 months and proving largely ineffective in reducing fox populations, the Fox Bounty trial has ended and communities across the State are being encouraged to get involved in targeted baiting programs.

The best way to get involved is to contact your nearest Fox Control Coordinator.

The Fox Control Coordinator in the Glenelg-Corangamite catchment areas is Brett Harrison. He can be contacted on 5561 9952 or by calling the DSE/DPI office at Warrnambool.

For landholders in the Wimmera, Mallee and North Central catchment areas, the Fox Control Coordinator is Jason Riethmuller. He can be reached on 5362 0716 or by calling the DSE/DPI office at Horsham.

Otherwise you can call the DSE Customer Service Centre on 136 186.

Geoff McClelland, who farms a property between Charleton and Wycheproof, has already had remarkable success with targeted baiting.

"We use baiting because you can't be out shooting all the times necessary before lambing. You can manage baiting quickly in the morning and the evening. It's simple and effective," he said.

"With shooting you can't get all the foxes; it's impossible, especially with the cover we've got on our place. Shooting is very time consuming."

Mr McClelland explained that he found baiting to be more effective that shooting.

"These days with only a single shot mechanism in the gun, you might see three or four foxes and you'll get one if you're a good shot, but not the others. Since we've been baiting you don't see as many foxes around, and we haven't had to bother with shooting," he said.

DSE is encouraging public land managers to put an emphasis on baiting, particularly in areas bordering on priority livestock enterprises, but it needs the cooperation of all landholders.

Fox baits will be available from the following depots by appointment:

Ararat
Ballarat
Birchip
Camperdown
Casterton
Colac
Echuca
Edenhope
Epsom
Geelong
Hamilton
Heathcote
Heywood
Hopetoun
Horsham
Inglewood
Irymple
Kerang
Kyneton
Maryborough
Ouyen
Piangil
Rainbow
Sea Lake
Nhill
Speed
St Arnaud
Stawell
Swan Hill
Underbool
Warrnambool

Fox Control Coordinators can also help you organise the appropriate chemicals handling accreditation, as well as advising on the best techniques for effective baiting.

Contacts & Links

Fox Control Coordinators

  • Glenelg-Corangamite catchment areas: Brett Harrison - 5561 9952 or by calling the DSE/DPI office at Warrnambool.
  • Wimmera, Mallee and North Central catchment areas: Jason Riethmuller - 5362 0716 or by calling the DSE/DPI office at Horsham
  • Otherwise you can call the DSE Customer Service Centre on 136 186

Source: media release from the Department of Sustainability and Environment

   
   
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