RAB004: Ground baiting of rabbits with pindone

Poisoning with pindone is used to minimise the impact of the introduced European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) on agricultural production and the environment. Other rabbit control methods include poisoning with 1080, warren destruction, warren fumigation, surface harbour removal, shooting, trapping, exclusion fencing and biological control with rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD) and myxomatosis.

Poisoning with pindone is used to reduce rabbit populations in areas where it is impractical or unsuitable to use 1080 eg. urban/residential and semi-rural areas.

Pindone is a first-generation anticoagulant that acts by blocking the synthesis of vitamin K-dependent clotting factors, which causes fatal haemorrhages in susceptible animals. Poisoning with pindone can occur with a large single dose, but it is more effective when given as a series of smaller doses over a period of 4 to 12 days.

Rabbits are amongst the most susceptible species to the efforts of pindone; however other animals, especially birds, cats, native rodents and macropods may be vulnerable to poisoning. Good baiting technique helps to minimise the risk to non-target species and maximise the effect on targeted rabbit populations.

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

Author Sharp, T.
Year 2012
Institution Invasive Animals CRC
Pages 6
Notes RAB004
Control method Baiting
Region Australia - national
Documents RAB004: Ground baiting of rabbits with pindone  [280 kb PDF]
Secondary title Standard Operating Procedure