Rural pest baiting program under way again

Fox in the grass: Local Land Services is trying to prevent pests like foxes from depleting local livestock numbers. Picture: LLS
Fox in the grass: Local Land Services is trying to prevent pests like foxes from depleting local livestock numbers. Picture: LLS

Macarthur pet owners have been urged to ensure their furry friends are restrained during the latest round of pest baiting in the region.

Great Sydney Local Land Services runs wild dog and fox control campaigns twice a year to protect livestock and properties in the area.

The latest campaign is currently under way and will run until October 25.

The Oaks farmers Peter and Deb Byrne have taken part in wild dog and fox control campaigns for the past four years.

The Byrnes have never experienced stock losses from the pests, but know that it is important to adopt a coordinated, landscape approach for the benefit of themselves and their neighbours.

"One of our neighbours, Eric Rudd, has suffered horrific stock losses at the hands of wild dogs and other people in the area have too," Mr Byrne said.

"By signing up to lay baits as part of the program, we've now covered off our entire section of Silverdale Road, which is significant.

"It's important we get behind our neighbours in our community and work with authorities like Local Land Services to try and get on top of these predators."

Mr Byrne said the use of motion detection cameras on his property was also critical to keeping on top of the problem.

"Every time I check my cameras I see traffic from wombats, kangaroos and also foxes," he said.

"This helps because you get a clear indication of their movements and habits."

Local Land Services senior biosecurity officer Annaliese Geddes praised the Bynres' efforts and ongoing commitment to the program.

"Biosecurity is everyone's responsibility," she said.

"The reality is, even if you are not directly impacted by wild dog and fox attacks, it is impacting on you in one way or another either by affecting the economy and environment in your local community or spreading diseases and attacking your domestic pets."

For further information or to get involved in a future campaign, contact Greater Sydney Local Land Services on 4724 2100.