Optimising bait size and 1080 concentration (sodium monofluoroacetate) for the control of brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula)

A method is presented for quantitatively assessing the likely effectiveness of specific bait size and 1080 concentration for controlling brushtail possums with a known weight distribution. Data from aerial 1080 operations for the control of brushtail possums in New Zealand show that estimates of the bait size and toxic concentration required derived from the mean parameters [pest weight, bait size, and lethal dose (LD 95)] will not be accurate. This inaccuracy is most likely to lead to an underestimate of the amount of toxin presented to each animal, so that many operations currently run the risk of sub-lethally dosing possums and thereby possibly inducing some degree of poison shyness. On the basis of more accurate quantitative assessments of bait effectiveness we recommend that the 1080 concentration be increased to 0.15% and that baits less than 5 g be excluded to ensure that when mean possum weights are less than 3 kg more than 95% of possums are lethally dosed by a single bait.

Author Frampton, C. M., Warburton, Henderson, B. R. and Morgan, D. R.
Year 1999
Secondary title Wildlife Research
Volume 26
Pages 53-59
Control method 1080 (sodium monofluoroacetate)
Region NZ
Links https://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/WR98013.htm