December 2016 | Edition 2016 / 5
New Training Video – Canid Pest Ejectors (CPE)
Thanks to NWDAP funding allocated to creating and updating training and best practice videos, a new video for Canid Pest Ejectors is now available. This video is a great introduction to how CPEs work and a useful resource for people who have undertaken CPE training. For more detailed information on Canid Pest Ejectors, we encourage people to view the online booklet from Animal Control Technologies Australia.
Field Days Summary
NWDAP was present at a number of field days and conferences throughout 2016, through funding allocated in Stage 2 of the plan. The roadshow-style exhibits showcased the projects, publications, personnel, research, best practise methods and new technologies available for wild dog management around the country.
Assistance from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre, Australian Wool Innovation and Animal Control Technologies Australia ensured a team of experts were able to demonstrate feral pest control tools at a variety of field days. Greg Mifsud, the National Wild Dog Facilitator coordinated advice for the Bendigo Sheep Show, the World Merino Insight (SA), the Northern Beef Research Update Conference, the National Landcare Conference, and the NSW Vertebrate Pest Conference.
With additional funding from Australian Wool Innovation, a transportable topographical 3D model was commissioned for the field days, which provided a useful medium for greater explanation on how a land manager might use their landscape to best-tailor and coordinate effective wild dog management. The Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) also impressed land managers at field days. CPEs are used for managing wild dogs and foxes and differ from ground baits in a variety of ways:
- a CPE is driven into the ground and can’t be dragged away or cached,
- a bait head contains a sealed capsule of 1080 – protecting the toxin from rain degradation,
- the spring-loaded device requires at least 1.5kg of vertical force to trigger the 1080 ejecting mechanism,
- once triggered, a piston punctures the 1080 sealed capsule, spraying the toxin directly into the mouth ensuring a quickly-absorbed lethal dose.
Successful wild dog control requires a community-driven action, across a landscape (incorporating a nil-tenure approach), using a combination of control tools applied with best practice methods. These principles are the core of the NWDAP and are carried out by wild dog control group members, state agencies and research organisations across Australia.
New nationally endorsed SOPs for euthanasia of wild dogs, foxes and cats
State and commonwealth governments have endorsed new wording in the Standard Operating Procedures for euthanasia of wild dogs, foxes and cats caught in traps to ensure the best possible type of firearm is available for all circumstances.
The new wording states “Firearms no smaller than a .17 calibre rimfire with hollow/soft point ammunition are recommended for euthanasia” and can be found on the PestSmart website:
- GEN001 Methods of euthanasia
- DOG001 Trapping of wild dogs using padded-jaw traps
- DOG002 Trapping of wild dogs using cage traps
- FOX005 Trapping of foxes using padded-jaw traps
- FOX006 Trapping of foxes using cage traps
- CAT002 Trapping of feral cats using cage traps
- CAT003 Trapping of feral cats using padded-jaw traps
Firstly, the changes justify the preference for pistols over rifles when land managers seek to improve motor bike riding safety and where the location or position of a trapped animal requires the improved site picture of a pistol for a more humane kill. Secondly, the changes justify a larger calibre firearm for a more humane kill where the location or position of a trapped animal prohibits a clear headshot.
The Implementation Steering Committee for the National Wild Dog Action Plan sought these changes, and has requested State Ministers for Police and departments responsible for feral pest control, ensure that firearms licensing bodies be made aware of the updates.
The NWDAP promotes best practice, national consistency in the use of wild dog control tools and integrated multiple vertebrate pest management. The updating of the SOP documents linked below is important in achieving those objectives.
The BlueHealer (PAPP bait antidote) research continues
Since 2007, the IA CRC Blue-Healer project has evaluated the safety and efficacy of different methylene blue formulations and routes of administration with the goal that owners could treat working or pet dogs accidentally poisoned with the PAPP toxin. This is a very challenging task… [read more]
FeralScan wins top national environmental award
The FeralScan community pest animal mapping and monitoring program (which includes WildDogScan) has been recognised with one of Australia’s top environmental honours, receiving the Minister’s award for a cleaner environment in the field of research and science excellence… [read more]