Free fox bait available for land managers

DISTRIBUTION: Natural Resources officers Fred Pickett and Ben Tucker are ready to meet with local farmers at fox baiting distribution days, as well as about any other farming issues. Picture: Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula
DISTRIBUTION: Natural Resources officers Fred Pickett and Ben Tucker are ready to meet with local farmers at fox baiting distribution days, as well as about any other farming issues. Picture: Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula

Land managers in western and central Eyre Peninsula are being encouraged to collect free fox baits from Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula (NREP) at one of the 20 local group fox bait distribution days over a two-week period.

Farmers can collect fox baits in their area on one of the group bait distribution days to ensure the highest possible number of neighbouring properties bait simultaneously.

Natural Resources officer Andrew Sleep said to get the best results from fox baiting, land managers should work together to bait at the same time.

“Following on from a hot dry summer is the ideal time to bait,” he said.

“Food sources are low and juvenile foxes are on the move so there is an increased chance of bait uptake.

“Reducing fox numbers before lambing will help reduce the risk of fox predation on lambs.”

Mr Sleep said farmers were encouraged to make the most of this opportunity as it provided NREP with an indication of what the region’s requirements for this service were.

Natural Resources officers will be at the following locations, to provide information about fox baiting, different types of bait and general feral animal control:

  • Mudamuckla: Muddie School – Thursday, February 14 at 9.30am
  • Mamblin/Kyancutta: Chris Heath’s property – Monday, February 18 at 8.30am
  • Wudinna: Ryan Dubois’s property – Monday, February 18 at 10am
  • Kaldoonera: Poochera Hotel – Tuesday, February 19 at 9.30am
  • Wirrulla: Wirrulla Hotel – Tuesday, February 19 at 11.30am
  • Nunjikompita: Nunji Hall – Tuesday, February 19 at 1.30pm
  • Smoky Bay: Smoky Bay CFS Shed – Tuesday, February 19 at 6pm
  • Goode: Warren Beattie’s property – Wednesday, February 20 at 9.00am
  • Penong: Western United tennis courts – Wednesday, February 20 at 11.30am
  • Charra: Charra Hall – Wednesday, February 20 at 1.30pm
  • Chilpanunda: Chilpi Golf Club – Thursday, February 21 at 9.30am
  • Forrest: Treceina Hollitt’s Farm House – Thursday, February 21 at 11.30am
  • Haslam: Haslam CFS Shed – Thursday, February 21 at 2pm
  • Elliston: Larry Honner’s Shed – Thursday, February 21 at 5.30pm
  • Lock: Lock CFS Shed – Friday, February 22 at 5pm
  • Yaninee: Yaninee tennis courts – Friday, March 1 at 8.30am
  • Streaky Bay and Sceale Bay: DEW Shed opposite silos – Wednesday, March 6 at 9.30am
  • Calca: Calca Crossroads – Thursday, March 7 at 9.30am
  • Inkster: Hull’s Driveway – Thursday, March 7 at 11.30am
  • Chandada: Chandada Hall – Thursday, March 7 at 1.30pm

Land managers are asked to bring along a labelled bucket with a sealed lid to collect baits.

A total of 45,800 baits were distributed to Eyre Peninsula land managers in 2018, including 6976 baits to Central Eyre Peninsula and 10,200 to Western Eyre Peninsula.

More than 50,000 baits have been distributed across the region’s national and conservation parks to help conserve native fauna such as goannas, ground-nesting birds, malleefowl and small native mammals.

Fox baits are also available from all Natural Resources EP offices throughout the year.

Call your local office to make an appointment or contact the Natural Resource Centre at Ceduna on 8688 3144.

For the full list of Eyre Peninsula bait distribution days visit: www.naturalresources.sa.gov.au/eyrepeninsula