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Dampier Archipelago 1080 baiting program

As part of the statewide Western Shield native wildlife conservation program, the Department of Parks and Wildlife is baiting the Murujuga National Park and Dampier Archipelago in early October.

Dried meat baits containing 1080 poison will be dispersed by aircraft on the Burrup Peninsula, Dolphin Island, Angel Island and Gidley Island.

Parks and Wildlife operations officer Eleanor Killen said the purpose of the baiting program is to reduce fox numbers and to promote the recovery of animals such as the Rothschild rock wallaby and threatened sea turtle species.

“Since the introduction of foxes and cats to Australia, many of our native fauna species have suffered heavy predation, with 27 mammal species becoming extinct in the past 200 years,” Ms Killen said.

“A further 94 species are threatened with extinction unless action is taken to conserve them.

“Birds, reptiles and marine turtle hatchlings have also suffered significant declines due to predation.” 

The 1080 poison, sodium fluoroacetate, is found naturally in many Western Australian native plants.

In WA, native animals have generally evolved a high level of tolerance to the poison and therefore it can be used to effectively control introduced predators such as foxes and feral cats.

1080 is water soluble and is broken down by natural processes following rainfall.  However in the dry Pilbara environment, 1080 may persist for longer periods than in wetter areas.  

It should be assumed that baits laid on the northern Burrup Peninsula in Murujuga National Park and the three islands remain active year round.

Please be aware that 1080 is poisonous to humans and will kill dogs and cats if consumed.

“To prevent pets from coming into contact with baits, Parks and Wildlife recommends not taking them into baited areas,” Ms Killen said.

“Pets are not permitted in Murujuga National Park or on any of the islands located within the Dampier Archipelago.”

If you suspect your pet has eaten a bait, induce vomiting and immediately seek veterinary attention.

For more information about Parks and Wildlife’s baiting programs, or to report sightings of foxes and feral cats on the islands or Burrup Peninsula, please contact the Parks and Wildlife Karratha office on 9182 2000 or visit https://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/westernshield.

 

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