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Aerial baiting program reached inaccessible areas

An aerial baiting program in western NSW last month spread more than 22,000 baits over a distance of 2,680km.

The wild dog baiting program was coordinated by Local Land Services Western Region and covered 25 properties in the Wanaaring, Tibooburra, White Cliffs and Tilpa area.

Manager, Biosecurity and Emergency Services, David Creeper said funds for the program were provided by a Federal Government On-Farm Pest Management Grant as part of a national drought support program.

Mr Creeper said a total of $100,000 in wild dog baiting programs had been budgeted in the Western Local Region as part of a spring and autumn aerial baiting program.

"The program is designed to reach areas that are inaccessible for ground baiting," Mr Creeper said.

"The idea of these programs is that we follow them up with ground baiting and have landholders in an area working together in a collaborative approach that is far more effective than when one landholder tries to tackle the issue alone.

"Evidence from several groups suggests that some landholders already have experienced increases of up to 50% in lambing rates this spring as a result of our baiting programs.

"If other landholders experience similar results, this program will have a positive result on production figures and reduce the emotional stress of livestock losses to wild dogs."

The aerial baiting took place from Wanaaring during the second week in September and another 50,000 baits will be laid across the western region in coming weeks.

"This has been the largest coordinated program ever in the Western Local Region, with approximately 150,000 baits distributed this spring," Mr Creeper said.

Nine pest animal groups have been involved in the baiting program and Local Land Services welcomes more landholders forming groups to address the issue in their area.

"Coordinated pest programs produce the best results and make the best use of all of our time," Mr Creeper said.

"While not all properties have been involved in the program, we still expect to hear about wild dog sightings.

"Landholders who missed out on this program can still become involved in a program scheduled for next autumn."

To find out about programs in their area, landholders should contact the Biosecurity Officer at their nearest Local Land Services office for details of the nearest pest control group.

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