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Fox control to protect Southern Brown Bandicoot in South Gippsland

Monday 27 March, 2017

Work to protect the Southern Brown Bandicoot within a number of reserves in South Gippsland is underway, with a pest control program to be rolled out shortly.

The Southern Brown Bandicoot is in danger of extinction in south-eastern mainland Australia and is listed as “Endangered” under federal government legislation and “Threatened” under the Victorian legislation.

One of the major threats to the Southern Brown Bandicoot is pest animals such as foxes and cats. Over the next few months Parks Victoria, acting on behalf of VicRoads, will be implementing important fox and cat control to protect this threatened species, which will also improve habitat for other native species including the Hooded Plover.

Parks Victoria Area Chief Ranger South Gippsland and Bass, Gerard Delaney said that the fox control program will be implemented using a number of methods including (1080) poison baiting. The potential impacts on wildlife other than foxes is extremely low, however a number of precautions will be taken to protect non-targeted animals, including burying baits, and spacing baits at least 500m apart. Warning signs will also be installed within the reserves. Neighbouring landholders will be informed before baiting commences.

“It is important to keep your dog on a leash at all times. The best way to prevent dogs from picking up baits is by ensuring they are kept safely away from any source of the poison and staying on existing tracks. A muzzle is also recommended”, Mr Delaney.

Parks Visitors can learn more about this program and meet with Rangers and Project Officers on Monday 10 April between 11am- 12:30pm at the Community Hall at the State Coal Mine Visitor Centre (Garden St, Wonthaggi).

Poison baits will be laid in Wonthaggi Heathlands Nature Conservation Reserve, Kilcunda – Harmers Haven Coastal Reserve and Adams Creek Nature Conservation Reserve.

Further information, including brochures, can be obtained by contacting Parks Victoria Wonthaggi office at sbb@parks.vic.gov.au.


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