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A call for Feral Fighters

Local Land Services will target foxes and wild dogs in the South East and Riverina regions of NSW this coming autumn as part of a coordinated baiting campaign aimed at achieving a significant reduction in these populations.

The Feral Fighters 2015 autumn fox and wild dog campaign will run from mid-March to the end of May and will involve the use of 1080 poisoned baits buried in the ground within prescribed distance restrictions.

Riverina Local Land Services Biosecurity Manager, Ray Willis said foxes and wild dogs pose significant biosecurity risks to primary industries, local communities and the environment.

"The ability and responsibility to successfully manage wild dogs and foxes and other invasive species rests with every land manager," Mr Willis said.

"Land manager participation will be critical to the success of the Feral Fighters program and the autumn offensive."

"Coordinated group programs involving neighbours and local networks of land managers have proven to reduce fox and wild dog numbers over broad areas with sustainable outcomes."

"Local Land Services being the land manager for the Travelling Stock Reserve network will bait reserves as part of the program," Mr Willis said.

Local Land Services will provide Feral Fighters campaign participants with free pesticide training during the prescribed months of the campaign, a free aerial map of their property for planning purposes, and the first 30 meat baits will be provided free of charge during the autumn and spring baiting programs.

"This training is a legal requirement for people wanting to use chemicals to control foxes and wild dogs," Mr Willis said.

"Other control methods will also be discussed at the training."

For more information and to become a Feral Fighter, please contact your nearest Local Land Services office on 1300 795 299 or visit www.riverina.lls.nsw.gov.au.

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Media contact Tracey Bell 6932 3253 or 0427 043 371