The Tarbaby Technique for poisoning rabbits in Kinchega National Park, Menindee, NSW

Rabbit warrens in a 4000 ha study site on Kinchega National Park, Menindee, in semiarid western NSW, were plotted onto aerial photographs. The warrens were distributed over five habitats characterized by soil type and vegetation associations. The 400 warrens found were used to assess the “Tarbaby” (poison 1080 made into a sticky mixture) method of poisoning.

A single treatment of rabbit warrens by placing a Tarbaby mixture down the entrances greatly reduced rabbit populations for 5 months after the treatment. Treatment reduced the population less in warrens excavated in deep sandy soils than in other types of soils and had the greatest effect in warrens in the heavier solonized brown soils.

Three repeated treatments of another group of warrens failed to produce the same reduction but caused a large reduction in warren activity after the second treatment.

Secondary title Technical bulletin
Author G.E. Ryan and J.N. Eveleigh
Year 1975
Publisher NSW Department of Agriculture
Department NSW Department of Agriculture
Pages 18 pp
Control method Poison / Toxin
Region NSW
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