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:
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
- 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