Spring a trap on dogs

31 Jul, 2015 02:00 AM

A TRAP 10 years in the making is set to spring on wild dogs and foxes.

Landowners in NSW are days away from being able to use spring-loaded 1080 ejector baits after a decade of successful trials in the state's national parks.

Canid Pest Ejectors, previously known as M44 Ejectors, are a mechanical bait delivery device that sprays a sealed capsule of 1080 poison into the mouth of targeted pest species.

The baits require 2.7 kilograms of vertical pull force to set off the spring-loaded ejector, with foxes and wild dogs the only species in the bush capable of doing so.

The traps have been available in NSW since 2005 under a minor use permit, with National Parks and Wildlife ranger Rob Hunt estimating 600 staff in National Parks, Local Land Services (LLS), and NSW Forestry had been trained to use them.

But despite extensive trialing across the country, including in Queensland and Victoria, the technology had not progressed to general use.

That changed earlier this year when the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority approved the technology for NSW, with the state government signing off on the new pesticide control order last week.

Mr Hunt said National Parks had worked with LLS to develop a training package for farmers to use the baits as part of their pest control regime.

As a result, a short ejector course component has been added to the standard 1080 training course already delivered by LLS.

Mr Hunt said the new trap minimised the threat of domestic dogs accidentally ingesting poison.

"Lots of landholders have lost good farm dogs, working dogs or domestic dogs to a bait that has been moved to another paddock by a fox," he said.

"So there are a number of farmers who say they don't like 1080, they don't want it on their property.

"But the most exciting thing for landholders is that this is a bait that stays where you set it."

Mr Hunt said trials had delivered a knockdown rate of up to 93 per cent for foxes and up to 85pc on wild dogs.

"But we've really pushed that these ejectors are an 'as well as' technology, an additional control tool," he said.

"They're not there to replace methods already in use, like ground baiting, aerial baiting, or trappers... it's just another tool."

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7/08/2015 6:36:02 AM, on The Land

The dingo an endangered species? We can always get as many replacements as we want from any Asian country. They call them Street Dogs.
Chick Olsson
3/08/2015 5:56:55 AM, on The Land

fantastic research and practical product... well done to Canid Pest Injectors....
1/08/2015 4:35:48 AM, on The Land

Very rural Australian here who has spent time investigating the use and outcomes of 1080 baiting and who lives in sheep and cattle country. 1080 poses terrible long-term risks. Little effort is made by the grazing community to protect stock, seems to consist ONLY of baiting. We've been poisoning the crap out of the place for a hundred years and the situation has NOT improved. Could it be time for investment in 'flagged fences' (WORK WELL IN SW USA against coyotes and wolves), guardian animals (Donkeys effective against wolves in Europe)?
31/07/2015 5:07:56 PM, on The Land

Hey it's the usual slagging match around dog baiting! So.much.misinformation and people using personal attacks. Can you check yourselves on that? It's actually possible to have an informed opinion on rural matters without living there. Some of us (e.g. me) might actually BE a rural landholder and not agree with you. We aren't actually so stupid to not know about the dead lambs. I see it in context of the suffering of poisoned dingoes. Nobody likes being told the problem might, in part, be theirs. I get that. But we need to change. Adapt. Or the dingo is gone.
31/07/2015 4:24:22 PM, on The Land

Decades of using one of the cruellest toxins known to mankind and we have a bigger problem with wild dogs now than ever before -some people are really slow learners
31/07/2015 3:40:45 PM, on The Land

Here is some of the research that supports the need to protect our apex predator and create healthy ecosystems for both our native flora and fauna and stock from a working cattle station in SA http://www.dingobiodiversity.com/
31/07/2015 1:15:49 PM, on The Land

Ian, how about visiting rural Australia instead of reading about it from your cosy study in suburbia. Our native animals are being killed on a daily basis by feral animals. Your uninformed opinions do nothing to help this debate. Honestly, go grab another latte
31/07/2015 11:44:09 AM, on The Land

Ian, I am not sure you understand. There is a place outside Sydney where most of the native animals live, you probably have never visited it, its called rural Australia. These dogs, cats and pigs are the animals killing our wildlife. The same wildlife that farmers give a home too, as we manage 70% of NSW. What sort of person wants to protect introduced pests over our native animals and livestock? I bet Ian you also want to take firearms away from farmers as well as the right to bait pests. Sadly Ian is a typical Australian now.
31/07/2015 11:09:23 AM, on The Land

No mention of dingoes. Kills wild dogs not domestic dogs. But wild dogs are domestic dogs. We need people with higher IQ's dealing with these problems. People who see the big picture. 1080 solves nothing. It breaks down the pack structure of our top order predator. There is a reason we lead the world in mammal extinctions. There is a reason farmers are suffering so many attacks on livestock. WAKE UP AND ASK WHY.
angry australian
31/07/2015 10:54:38 AM, on The Land

Has Farmonline got any file photos of lambs with their throats ripped open by dogs? Can you please post them with stories like this so the village idiots might consider them before they comment!
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