Minimising the effects of 1080 fox baiting on non-target species and vice versa while maximising the risks of foxes in Tasmania

It did not seem possible to eradicate foxes in Tasmania based on ‘chasing down’ individuals so a program based on endangering foxes wherever they occurred was undertaken. Based on differences in physical susceptibilities to 1080 between foxes and obvious potential non-target wildlife, 1080 baiting was chosen as the basic strategic eradication method. Key potential problems included loss of baits to wildlife and effects of baits on wildlife. Research was undertaken to tailor established methods of fox baiting to Tasmania’s special conditions of much non-target wildlife and few foxes. A basic philosophy was to produce a package that was safe enough for wildlife that particular places would not have to be avoided because of wildlife.

Author Mooney, N., Emms, C. and Bloomfield, T. E.
Date 2005-05-02
Year 2005
Secondary title 13th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference
Place published Wellington, NZ
Publisher Landcare Research
Institution TAS Department of Primary Industries, Water and En
Pages 148-149
Control method 1080 (sodium monofluoroacetate)
Region Australia - national
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