WITH wild foxes and rabbits inflicting over $200 million in agricultural and environmental damage every year, the Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes program is appealing for local volunteers in its state-wide campaign to control the pests.
The program offers significant resources to aid local volunteer coordinators and concerned landholders in shooting and baiting activities.
“Running a local Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes program is a win-win situation,” said Graham Murray, Project Manager.
“Local communities have an impact on the pests in their area, they raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) and they have great fun doing it.”
Under the program, a $5 donation will be made by Stockbrands to the RFDS for every fox or feral cat culled during registered shoots, due to be held on the weekends of February 15 to 17 and March 15 to 17.
According to Mr Murray, the coordinated pest control approach has resulted in reports of increased lambing percentages and even regular sightings of native fauna and flora previously thought to be extinct in some areas.
Local agronomist and volunteer coordinator Andrew Heinrich said previous Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes shoots in the Esperance area had been highly successful. He said he would be appealing to the local community to once again support the program.
“I’ll be approaching local business about next year’s program,” Mr Heinrich said. “Local businesses donated over $2000 dollars in prizes for the last registered shoot program. It was a terrific response. We hope we can do it again.”