Increasingly, wildlife managers are beginning to accept the need to consider fox control as an integral part of endangered species management. Our ability to successfully maintain wild populations of some of our most threatened and endangered species may very well depend on how effectively we control foxes. With the possibility of a biological control for foxes being many years away (if a practical alternative at all) we should ensure that the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (CNR) develops the most effective techniques for intensive fox control as possible. The Fauna Protection Project is jointly funded by CNR and the Australian Nature Conservation Authority (ANCA). It seeks to undertake intensive control of foxes in areas where they are known or suspected to impact upon specific Victorian fauna. In the process, information about the effectiveness of fox control techniques, in particular, our ability to control foxes by baiting will be evaluated. This information will assist other land managers to design better fox control programs for both wildlife management and protection of agricultural species. It is CNR policy to maintain the use of 1080 poison for the control of foxes in Victoria. This poison is by far the most selective and safe means of fox destruction when used in accordance with CNR guidelines. However, the use of 1080 makes it unlikely that fox carcasses will be recovered. Therefore, much of the information concerning the effectiveness of a poisoning program is lost. Cyanide on the other hand is a rapid acting poison which allows for the collection of the killed fox. Because of this, it provides for excellent research opportunities. The Fauna Protection Project will replace 1080 with cyanide in 7 areas of the state which are currently attempting to manage fox populations for the protection of threatened and endangered species. Cyanide is a dangerous substance. It is of paramount importance that all staff maintain high professional standards while using cyanide, to ensure their own safety and that of the public. This manual contains guidelines and standards for all aspects of the safe handling and use of cyanide in accordance with CNR policy. The manual sets a standard of training which all staff using cyanide are required to obtain before authorisation to become involved in the project will be granted.
|Author||Marks, C.A. and Gigliotti, F.|
|Secondary title||Vertebrate Pest Research Unit, Report Series No. 1|
|Publisher||Department of Natural Resources and Environment|