Aerial baiting for wild dogs: the impact on spotted-tailed quoll populations

Wild dogs can cause severe damage to grazing enterprises. To reduce these impacts, programs to control wild dogs are undertaken on private lands adjacent to or near public lands as well as on public lands, including conservation reserves.

To be effective, control must be exercised over large areas and often in rugged and inaccessible terrain where aerial baiting with 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) meat baits is the only feasible option. During such baiting programs some native predators, particularly the spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus), are potentially at risk of being poisoned.

Consequently, a project has commenced to investigate the impact of such programs on spotted-tailed quoll populations, with the objective of determining whether, or to what extent, they need to be protected from wild dog aerial baiting.

Author Department of Environment and Conservation, NSW
Date null
Year 2004
Publisher Department of Environment and Conservation, NSW
Notes Notes
Control method 1080 (sodium monofluoroacetate)
Region NSW