TOWNSVILLE district landholders are urged to keep their dogs under strict control during the upcoming 1080 baiting campaign.
Declared Pest Animal Coordinator for the NQ Dry Tropics region, Christopher Gaschk, said a coordinated baiting program to control wild dogs would take place from mid-October to mid-November.
He said domestic dogs and cats were susceptible to the 1080 poison, but there were several control measures in place to minimise the risk of accidental death.
“State restrictions outline that 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) cannot be used within 2km of an urban area without permission from an authorised officer,” Mr Gaschk said.
“If a landholder does obtain permission to carry out wild dog baiting, he must then notify all adjacent neighbours 72 hours before the baits are laid.
“Therefore with responsible pet ownership, the risk to domestic pets is minimal.”
Mr Gaschk said all pets should be kept in an enclosure during the 1080 baiting campaign to prevent them from roaming and potentially consuming the poison.
Mr Gaschk said the use of 1080 was recognised as the most efficient way of reducing wild dog numbers and their subsequent impacts. These impacts included attacks on domestic pets, livestock and native animals.
He said several residents had expressed concern about non-target species, such as quolls, consuming poison baits.
However he said CSIRO research in this area suggested that wild dog baiting programs resulted in a net benefit to the quoll population.
“The research showed that many localised quoll populations increased with an effective wild dog campaign because dogs are actually a threat to quolls,” Mr Gaschk said.
“Wild dogs will kill quolls because they compete for some of the same food resources, such as birds and small mammals.
“By reducing the number of wild dogs, we not only reduce this direct threat, but we reduce pressure on the quolls’ food resources.”
Residents wanting further information on 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) or the upcoming wild dog baiting campaign should contact their local council or visit the Biosecurity Queensland.
- Tracy Jensen 4783 9873 or 0410 589 152
- Merv Pyott 4783 9875 or 0407 960 897
- Christopher Gaschk 4783 9951 or 0400 835983
- Wild Dog Management Strategy 2011–16 (PDF 1.4MB)
- Fact Sheet – Pest Animal Control – Sodium fluoroacetate (1080) (PDF 234KB)
- A guide to safe and responsible use of sodium fluoroacetate in Queensland (PDF 467KB)