1080 Poisoning - Meelup Regional Park and Other City Reserves

Published on Tuesday, 19 October 2021 at 9:53:37 AM

Baiting for foxes and rabbits with 1080 baits will be carried out on an ongoing basis in Meelup Regional Park, Big Rock, Carbunup, Ambergate and Yoongarillup Reserves from 1 November 2021 to 15 November 2022 (excluding school holiday times). 

This control programme is being implemented to reduce the fox and rabbit populations and their impact on native fauna and flora in the Meelup Regional Park. 

In addition to the use of 1080 baits, the feral animal control program will utilise fox and feral cat trapping and the use of the RHDV Calici virus for the control of rabbits.

1080 baits are poisonous to humans and domestic animals and as part of the baiting programme, signage will be erected in prominent places around the park and reserves to warn any person entering the Park that baits have been laid in the area. A reminder that DOGS are prohibited in Meelup Regional Park. Domestic rabbit owners should be aware of the Calici virus and are urged to contact their local veterinarian for advice on vaccination.

Landowners adjacent to Meelup Regional Park and City reserves are encouraged to undertake fox control on their properties to increase the effectiveness of control. For residential areas, fox traps are available for loan free of charge from the City of Busselton and GeoCatch. In rural areas Fox control advice can be sought from Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (Ph 9368 3333).

If you require further information, please contact the City of Busselton’s Environment Officer on 9781 0444.

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