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Western Local Land Services successfully carry out autumn baiting program

Western Local Land Services, in partnership with 14 Landcare and pest animal control groups, has successfully completed its autumn baiting program that targets wild dogs in the Western region.

The program, which uses both ground and aerial baiting, was carried out from 1 May to 20 May and resulted in 149,000 baits being issued across the Western region.

In total, 246 properties were involved in ground baiting while 87 properties were involved in aerial baiting, demonstrating the planning and coordination that was required to carry out this program.

While wild dogs and other pest animals continue to be a major issue for landholders, Western Local Land Services Community Manager, Andrew Hull believes the programs are having the desired effect.

“When it comes to managing pest animals it really needs to be a coordinated approach between landholders, their neighbours and local communities,” Mr Hull said.

“It was very pleasing there were 14 pest animal control groups, four of which are new, to work with during our autumn baiting program.

“Pest management of this kind is only effective at a large scale, so landholders not involved with a pest animal control group are strongly encouraged to join their nearest one.

“There are financial benefits from being incorporated into a group, as well as a range of other support.

“If there isn’t an active group in your area, Western Local Land Services can assist with resources to get a group established.

“All the staff at Western Local Land Services are really pleased with the work they’ve put in for the autumn baiting program, it is a major operation but something we all get a great deal of satisfaction from.”

Outside of baiting, Western Local Land Services encourages landholders to carry out a number of other activities such as using motion sensor surveillance cameras, ensuring information gets entered into the feral scan community website and trapping to best manage the issue of wild dogs.  

While the autumn wild dog baiting program has just wrapped up, planning for wild dog baiting in spring is well advanced and will continue up until pest animal control groups receive their baits.

Landholders looking to get more information regarding pest animal control groups in their local area should contact their nearest Western Local Land Services office.

For further information about the spring program, landholders can contact Mr Hull on (02) 6870 8623.

Media contact: Charlie Whiteley 0428 679 974.