Keeping fox control programs on-target

Wildlife managers across mainland Australia are engaged in a constant battle with foxes in an attempt to control their impact on wildlife and farm livestock. Central to any fox control program is the use of poison baits containing sodium monofluoroacetate (1080). A perennial problem related to the use of 1080 baiting programs is the potential for accidental poisoning of non-target animals. A field project aims to investigate non-target effects and target efficacy of predator baiting in Australia, utilising a “wildlife friendly” bait marker technique. Rhodamine B, a systemic bio-marker, is placed into non-toxic baits, distributed aerially and once ingested by an animal, distinct fluorescent bands form in animals hair and claws. By sampling a large number of non-target species in a range of habitats it is possible to compare different baits types and techniques and assess the risk to non-target species. Bait uptake by target species can also be measured, enabling assessment of the effectiveness of baiting programs.

Author Fairbridge, D.
Date null
Year 2000
Secondary title Trees and Natural Resources
Volume 42
Pages 14-16
Notes Notes
Control method 1080 (sodium monofluoroacetate)
Region VIC