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Corporate support for WA’s native wildlife

Fox captured on remote camera in Dryandra Woodland
Fox captured on remote camera in Dryandra Woodland Neil Thomas/Parks and Wildlife

Private sector support is a significant factor in the delivery of WA’s Western Shield – an innovative native wildlife recovery program that is actively working to reduce the threat of foxes and cats throughout the State.

The Department of Parks and Wildlife today announced that it had signed a five-year $100,000 partnership with nickel producer Western Areas Limited to assist wildlife recovery in the Wheatbelt region including Dryandra Woodland.

“Western Areas support of Western Shield will assist Parks and Wildlife in the delivery of the next phase of introduced predator control, the control of feral cats,” Parks and Wildlife Director General Jim Sharp said.

“It will help fund the department’s work in examining the effectiveness of Eradicat® feral cat bait and its integration with fox control in this region while also supporting continued native wildlife recovery.

“One initiative of this work is the investigation of new methods for monitoring native animals and predators through the use of remote cameras, which will also provide valuable information on the wider use potential of Eradicat®.

“I commend Western Areas for their support in assisting native wildlife recovery.”

Mr Sharp said that under Western Shield around one million poison baits were laid annually across more than 3.5 million hectares of Department-managed land, from as far north as the Pilbara, through the forests of the south-west, to areas east of Esperance in the south.

“Populations of several threatened species including the chuditch, quokka and western brush wallaby have improved as a result of fox control and Eradicat® trials have been successful in controlling feral cats in other areas around the State,” he said.

“These positive results have paved the way for these trials to be conducted in other parts of the State so that we can now start to control both introduced predators on a landscape scale.”

Mr Sharp said community and industry partnerships were essential, and it was important to recognise the contribution of key partners such as Western Areas in helping deliver wildlife conservation outcomes.

“Significant achievements have been made under Western Shield in particular 37 new populations of threatened native animal species have been established and fox numbers have been reduced by at least 55 per cent in south-west baited areas,” he said.

Western Shield is delivered by Parks and Wildlife and generously supported by sponsors including Alcoa of Australia, BHP Billiton Worsley Alumina  (Worsley), Tronox and Western Areas.

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