FOX001: Ground baiting of foxes with sodium fluoroacetate (1080)

Poisoning with sodium monofluoroacetate (1080) is used to minimise the impact of the introduced European red fox (Vulpes vulpes on native fauna and agricultural production. Lethal baiting is considered to be the most effective fox control method currently available.

1080 is an odourless, tasteless white powder that has a special dye added for identification of the toxin. It is used for poisoning of foxes by incorporating it into fresh, dried or processed meat baits. Poisoned baits are distributed either on the ground by hand or from the air by helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft. Aerial baiting procedures are described in Aerial baiting of foxes by 1080.

Foxes are amongst the most sensitive species to the effects of 1080. Good baiting technique helps to minimise the risk to non-target species and maximise the effect on targeted fox populations.

This standard operating procedure (SOP) is a guide only; it does not replace or override the legislation that applies in the relevent state or territory jurisdiction. The SOP should only be used subject to the applicable legal requirements (including OH&S) operating in the relevent jurisdiction.

Author Sharp, T.
Date 17/01/2013
Year 2012
Pages 8
Notes FOX001
Control method 1080 (sodium monofluoroacetate)
Region Australia - national
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