The Enhanced Fox Management Program was introduced in 2002 as part of a Victorian Government initiative to minimise the impact of foxes on environmental, economic and community values. Phase 1 involved a one-year fox bounty trial. Phase 2 replaced the bounty and aimed to increase coordinated baiting participation rates amongst land managers in sheep producing areas of Victoria. This paper reports on a baseline survey conducted as an evaluation component of the second phase, that collected information on motivation for fox control and methods used, perception of control success, and current baiting practice. The survey found 27% of land managers in sheep producing areas currently use baiting to control foxes, and 58% of those baiting coordinate their baiting with neighbours. Barriers to achieving program success will be the reluctance of land managers to view fox control as a community responsibility rather than an individual business activity, resistance to the use of 1080 baits because of the perceived risk to dogs, and the perceived administrative ‘red tape’ burden associated with baiting. The survey will be readministered after autumn baiting in 2005 to assess the impact of the Enhanced Fox Management Program phase 2.
|Secondary title||13th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference|
|Place published||Wellington, NZ|