Fox baiting has started in various State Forests across Central Victoria to reduce attacks on native animals and livestock.

Beginning Monday, 3 July, Forest Fire Management Victoria will be laying baits in Lockwood State Forest, Neering State Forest (also known as Myers Flat State Forest) and the northern section of the Wellsford State Forest.

Senior Forest Management and Roading Officer, Adrian Parker, said: “The fox baiting program will focus on the forests and along the boundaries between public and private land.”

“Foxes are a pest animal in Australia and attack livestock and wildlife. Every year, foxes are responsible for significant stock losses, especially during lambing season,” Mr Parker said.

“Foxes are also known to carry diseases and increase the spread of weeds in our State Forests.

“A 1080 poison shelf-stable baits are buried in bait stations according to Victorian Directions for Use of 1080 products and manufacturer’s guidelines to reduce the risk of non-target species taking them.  

“The 1080 poison works on the central nervous system of the fox, leading to unconsciousness and eventual death.

“These baits could pose a risk to domestic animals and we ask nearby landholders to ensure their dogs and other pets are confined to their property.

“Signs have been placed at entrances to the areas that are part of the program and we urge pet owners to take note of the signs and keep dogs on leash or muzzled whilst being walked in or near baited areas.

“The baits will be buried for four weeks and replaced if taken during the baiting period. Buried baits are monitored weekly.  

“Adjoining neighbours have been notified directly by mail to ensure those with dogs are able to carry out precautionary action such as fitting muzzles before entering the forests on walks.”