MEDIA RELEASE- Fox control workshop in Harvey

MEDIA RELEASE

Fox control workshop in Harvey

Members of the public wanting to know more about the latest approaches to controlling foxes on their property are encouraged to attend a free event at the Harvey RSL Hall on July 13, at 2 pm.

The Peel Harvey Biosecurity Group is putting on a workshop which promises information on new technologies and hands-on demonstrations.

The control of foxes comes at a critical time for two main reasons.

First, the calicivirus has knocked down rabbit numbers, and foxes will seek alternative food sources which may include poultry, young lambs, as well as native wildlife.

Second, the most effective fox control is achieved during late winter and spring: at this time foxes are less mobile as they are rearing young and food demands are high.

Participants are asked to register for the event so that organisers can accommodate all participants in the hands-on demonstrations.

Demonstrations will include the operation of the candid pest ejector, which is a new way of deploying 1080 to foxes.

There will also be information on permit requirements for 1080.

Vaughn Byrd, chairperson of the Peel Harvey Biosecurity Group, is keen for local landholders to attend. “The Peel Harvey Biosecurity Group is committed to bringing the latest information on best-practice pest control to the local community,” he said.

“We have taken the opportunity to host a number of experts who are travelling through the South West in the hope that the community comes together to learn new skills and think about ways of taking a regional approach to fox management,” he said.

Please email your RSVP to info@peelharveybiosecurity.info

A light afternoon tea will be provided so please indicate whether you have specific dietary requirements.

Children can attend the event with an enclosed outdoor play area available to keep them amused.

ENDS….

Media Contact-

Jonelle Cleland

Executive Officer

Email: exec.officer.phbg@gmail.com

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