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Fox baiting sign

Baiting program to tackle fox problem

News Article Date: 
Tuesday, 9 June 2020

A baiting program to help control foxes will be rolled out in Warrnambool from Thursday, June 11.

“Foxes remain a constant threat to our native animals and we need to do what we can to safely reduce fox numbers,” Warrnambool City Council Chief Executive Officer Peter Schneider said.

“Over recent decades revegetation efforts have created valuable habitat for native species.

“Those efforts are diminished if we don’t tackle the feral animals which target native animals.

“The baiting program will be contained to an area of Council managed land to the west of the Warrnambool Sewage Treatment Plant.

“We encourage everyone to avoid the area while the bait poses a danger which will be from June 11 to August 7.

“We will have warning signs in place, have written to nearby residents and will send an SMS to pet owners to advise them of the program.”

Council is using approved bait which contains PAPP (4-aminopropiophenone).

PAPP poison can be lethal to pets and owners need to take appropriate actions to ensure pets are prevented from accessing baits and carcasses.

Should residents find a fox carcass on their property they are asked to notify Council.

The Vet Group Wollaston, 59 Mortlake Rd Warrnambool, 5561 6911, and Warrnambool Veterinary Clinic, 514 Raglan Parade, 5559 0222, stock an antidote to the poison.

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