Pre-baiting using a synthetic scent to increase point of control investigations by foxes (Vulpes vulpes) and wild dogs (Canis lupis dingo/Canis lupis familiaris).

Point of control pre-baiting or free feeding is regularly undertaken within Australia during canid (wild dog and fox) control operations using the buried bait or mound baiting technique. Recent studies on coyotes has identified that pre-baiting across an area at sites remote from control points can increase the attraction of animals to a site where future control can be undertaken. Landscape pre-baiting attempts to habituate an animal to a scent associated with a past non-lethal reward. Lethal control points are then initiated using the scent present on previous pre-bait rewards to maximise the efficiency of lethal control.

Pre-baits treated with FeralMone? were used during field trials in an attempt to increasecontrol point investigations as a result of target animals consuming pre-baits and actively seeking the target scent after ?positive reinforcement? of the scent. Pre-baiting results across four study sites consistently identified an upward trend in site visitation and bait uptake for both wild dogs and foxes in pre-baited areas compared to untreated sites. These results and future pre-baiting opportunities for management ofcanids (wild dogs and foxes) within Australia are discussed.

Author Rob Hunt
Year 2005
Secondary title 3rd NSW Pest Animal Control Conference
Place published Conference Location
Institution NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
Pages 4
Notes Notes
Control method Baiting
Region NSW
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