Fox baiting in the Lachlan area
FOX-BAITING programs are set to begin in the Weddin and Goobang national parks and in the Tollingo and Woggoon nature reserves.
National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Lachlan area manager, Claire Davis, says native wildlife will benefit from the control programs.
“The NPWS will be undertaking fox baiting in Goobang National Park and Weddin Mountains National Park commencing on Monday, August 20 . . . ,” says Ms Davis.
“The fox-baiting program will help to protect native wildlife and will continue for a month, as long as suitable weather conditions remain.
“The NPWS will also be continuing its strategic fox-baiting program in the Tollingo and Woggoon nature reserves near Condobolin.
“The fox-baiting program in these reserves will commence on Tuesday, September 4, and will continue until March 2013.”
Ms Davis says foxes prey on native wildlife and can invade native wildlife habitat and displace them from that habitat.
“The recent wet weather has provided the population of malleefowl in the Tollingo and Woggoon nature reserves with an ideal opportunity to breed,” she says.
“By controlling feral animals such as foxes that prey on malleefowl we are giving them the best possible chance to improve population numbers.”
The baiting program will also help to protect surrounding livestock on neighbouring properties from fox predation, Ms Davis says.
Further information from the NPWS Forbes area office on (02) 6851 4429.