LANDHOLDERS need to put pressure on their neighbours to take part in the upcoming 1080 campaign in order to ensure its success.
Declared Pest Animal Coordinator for the NQ Dry Tropics region, Christopher Gaschk, said the effectiveness of the wild dog baiting campaign hinged on good participation rates.
“To get good results, we really need good coverage across the region,” Mr Gaschk said.
“We need a strong response from landholders across the three local authority areas of Burdekin, Townsville and Charters Towers.”
Mr Gaschk said local government officers could only do so much to promote the campaign; the real driver was the landholders.
“The time has come for landholders to put pressure on surrounding property owners to take part in the 1080 campaign,” he said.
“Poor management on one block of land can undermine the efforts of all the other people in the area who are undertaking control measures.
“If landholders do not undertake regular wild dog control, then the young adolescent dogs which generally cause the greater impacts will roam to controlled land that is free of dogs to stake out new territories.”
Mr Gaschk said the importance of a landscape-wide baiting program with high levels of participation could not be stressed enough.
“If landholders haven’t done so already, I urge them to ring up their neighbours and ask them if they are taking part in the spring baiting campaign, and pressure them to do so if they are not.”
Mr Gaschk dismissed as ‘myth’ some of the more common reasons for not participating in regional baiting campaigns.
“Excuses like ‘1080 kills wildlife’, ‘it will kill my working dogs’ and ‘the wild dogs control the pigs and deer’ aren’t valid,” he said.
“Most of these statements are misconceptions or myths, and any concerns about the safety of working dogs can be managed by taking the appropriate precautions.”
The 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) baiting program will commence in mid-October and run until mid-November.
Landholders wanting more information on their local 1080 campaign or 1080 poison itself should call 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