Pest Animals Look Out! A Smorgasbord of Control Methods Coming Your Way!

09th May 2013

Pest Animals in the Glen Innes region will be controlled with a variety of methods this autumn after a successful Pest Animal Control and Landholder Training Day was held at Wellingrove Hall earlier this month.

Twenty landmanagers from as far away as Coonabarabran attended the day to learn tips and tricks to maximise their pest animal control efforts. Participants took part in a series of hands on activities to increase their knowledge and skills for successful pest control on farm. A consistent theme for successful pest animal control occurred throughout the day. Control for any pest animal needs to follow four basic principles: broadscale, cooperative, integrated and coordinated. It is essential to work with your neighbours utilising a variety of control options.

Mark Lamb, Professional Trapper Tenterfield, had people engaged in identifying signs of pest animals. Footprints, scats, caches and other signs were inspected for feral cats, wild dogs, feral pigs and foxes, even deer and rabbits were covered. Mark’s faithful assistant Fred the Kelpie cross gave participants an insight into some of the behaviours to look out for in their own working dogs that may indicate there is wild dog activity in the area.

Local National Parks Pest Management Officer, Stuart Boyd-Law showcased a range of baiting control options. These included a variety of fresh and dried meat baits and manufactured products for wild dogs and foxes. Mr Boyd-Law displayed a range of bait laying techniques such as buried, tied and concealed baiting and participants were treated to a demonstration of the new M44 injector bait delivery device. The M44 is currently being trialled and will hopefully be available to landholders as another pest animal control option in the next couple of years. A series of lures also created a stir amongst the crowd, some were good enough to eat where as the odours of others were displeasing to say the least. Feral pig control options and delivery mechanisms had everyone engaged.

Feedback from participants has been very positive with comments such as “it has been great to see so many organisations working together” and “I thought I new a lot about pest animal control but I have learnt a number of new things I can try at home”.

Monitoring of pest animal impacts and the effectiveness of your control program was also covered. This was supported with a 1 hour training session on the uses and benefits of camera trapping. Camera Trapping has become very popular in recent years and can be a very effective monitoring tool. Participants were introduced to the broad range of cameras available and the pro’s and con’s of a lot of these products. There is a camera for every need, the main point is to do your research and make sure the camera you invest in suits your purpose. Mark Lamb, Professional Trapper Tenterfield, explained how the cameras are triggered and the best way to set them up in the field.

The day had everyone transfixed from start to finish. Many participants commented at the conclusion of the day that they needed to get out in the paddock to start implementing some of the methods they had learned. Coordinated Wild Dog and Fox control programs will be delivered throughout the Glen Innes region during April and May 2013. If you would like to join a coordinated control group in your area or are interested in starting a new group please contact GLENRAC on 02 67 323 443.

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