Strong numbers despite COVID restrictions

Strong baiting numbers in the Riverina despite COVID restrictions

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STRONG: Given the conditions, landholders in the Riverina have been busy baiting.

STRONG: Given the conditions, landholders in the Riverina have been busy baiting.

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Despite numerous hurdles, there has been a positive uptake of autumn baiting in the Riverina region.

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Despite numerous hurdles, there has been a positive uptake of autumn baiting in the Riverina region.

For the period February 1 to April 23, Riverina Local Land Services distributed almost 58000 fox baits, which was 10000 less for the same period last year.

"Face value figures say we are down, but when we compare the amount of landholders participating, we have only seen a decrease of around five per cent," Riverina LLS team leader biosecurity Toby O'Brien said.

"This is a fantastic result given the conditions our customers have faced over the past months - drought, bushfires and now a very welcome autumn break which has seen them become very busy in the critical baiting period.

"On top of that COVID-19 is not something anyone could predict, so we absolutely applaud land managers in our region for their ongoing prioritisation of pest control."

For the same time-frame, wild dog baits issued differed by only 30 baits - proving the commitment by landholders in the eastern Riverina to wild dog management.

Face value figures are down but landholders have only decreased around five per cent. - Toby O'Brien Riverina Local Land service team leader biosecurity

"This is an outstanding result for this time of the year," Mr O'Brien said.

"Baits can be ordered at any time of the year so please contact us to discuss your pest control requirements.

"Riverina landholders can contact their closest biosecurity officer via the Local Land Services website."

  • Visit: www.lls.nsw.gov.au/riverina
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