by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
TAS Country : August 12th 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010 Tasmanian Country 5 News POTENT: Fox eradication program senior field officer Glen Woodruff with a 1080 fox bait. Pictures: ROGER LOVELL To gain permission and to come on to places is the most important thing. It's what we are trying to achieve and it's what we're here for.' Continued Page 6 HOW IT WORKS: Fox program liaison officer Dave Sayers Up to 80 per cent of landowners have responded positively to requests to come onto their land , Mr Sayers said ''We want 100 per cent,'' he said. ''We get almost 100 per cent up through the Midlands where there is really good support for the program.'' Senior field officer Glen Woodruff was laying baits on a remote Southern Tasmanian property last week. It's a lonely job for Mr Woodruff, who traverses kilometres of bushland on foot looking for typical fox country to bait. ''It's a great job,'' Mr Woodruff said. ''I'm really dedicated, I don't want foxes here.'' Mr Woodruff grew up in Tasmania, went fishing, hunting and diving with his family and shearing and rustabout- ing in the school holidays. He started with the fox program in June 2007. ''I enjoy hunting,'' he said. ''A lot of that will be stopped because foxes will devastate it.'' Mr Woodruff said he did not know whether foxes had established in Tas- mania. ''We can't say there's a breeding population --- it's never been proved,'' he said. ''We've never found an active den but all our evidence indicates that there is a population of foxes. ''Whether they're breeding or not, we're not too sure yet.'' Mr Woodruff said landowners can change access licences to suit them. ''People can taylor-make access li- cences for what they want,'' he said. ''If they don't want baiting but are happy for us to come on with the dogs they can cross the baiting off. ''To gain permission and to come on to places is the most important thing. It's what we are trying to achieve and it's what we're here for.'' Baits are buried 10cm deep into the ground to protect the quolls and devils that scavenge on top, Mr Sayers said. ''We stay away from native animals as much as we can, we are target specific for foxes,'' he said. ''If people are really worried about their dogs and the baits, we will give them muzzles.'' Dried kangaroo meat is wrapped around the sausage-based bait with 3mg of 1080 injected into the centre. The 1080 leached out over time and was biodegradable, Mr Woodruff said.
August 5th 2010
August 19th 2010