DOG004: Ground baiting of wild dogs with 1080

Wild dogs, which include feral domestic dogs, dingoes and their hybrids, prey on livestock causing significant impact on agricultural production. Methods of control include poisoning with sodium fluoroacetate (commonly known as 1080), trapping, shooting, exclusion fencing, aversion and use of livestock guarding animals.

Lethal baiting is considered to be the most cost-effective control method currently available and is the only practical  means for achieving population control in remote and inaccessible areas.

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

Wild dogs are amongst the most susceptible species to the effects of 1080. Good baiting technique helps to minimise the risk to non-target species and maximise the effect on targeted wild dog 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
Pages 6
Notes DOG004
Control method 1080 (sodium monofluoroacetate)
Region Australia - national
Documents DOG004: Ground baiting of wild dogs  with 1080 [300 kb PDF]
Secondary title Standard Operating Procedure