Fox Lotto up and running again
FOX Lotto, the light-hearted and key component of the annual fox-control program organised by the Central West Livestock Health Pest Authority (LHPA). is up and running again.
“This light-hearted contest provides added incentive to reduce the district’s fox population for all those involved in livestock production and interested in wildlife preservation,” says Central West LHPA senior ranger Lisa Thomas.
“It’s a unique and accessible way for people to get involved in fox control and assists primary producers, benefits the wider community and protects our native wildlife.”
To enter Fox Lotto, people can either bring a fox tail to the Dubbo or Coonamble LHPA offices or purchase fox baits to receive an entry ticket.
People may enter as many times as they wish.
“Our staff also really enjoy the entertaining ‘tales of the tails’ that participants share with them,” says Ms Thomas.
The Molong and Nyngan LHPA offices are also supporting Fox Lotto – to be eligible to enter simply purchase fox baits during the month of March
Trangie and district residents can also drop their fox tails at Joe Jones’ for an entry form.
“Each week during March we will draw out lucky tickets on Friday afternoon with the first draw this Friday, March 8,” says Ms Thomas.
With first prize each week being $600, second prize $200 and third prize $50, it’s definitely worth getting involved, she says.
“Baiting for foxes during the month of March is proven to greatly reduce the fox population before mating and will assist with the survival of lambs born during this period,” says Ms Thomas.
“As foxes also attack small native birds and animals, such as the endangered mallee fowl in the Goonoo Forest, there are strong environmental benefits to reducing fox numbers in the district.”
The Central West LHPA says it appreciates the support of Gilgandra & Districts Community Bendigo Bank, which is sponsoring Fox Lotto this year.