Moonee foxes targeted

MOONEE Beach wildlife is getting a helping hand, with a baiting program under way to manage the number of foxes in the area.

A spokesperson for the National Parks and Wildlife Service said residents should be aware of the fox baiting program that is taking place, mostly at the beach area of Moonee.

“The baiting is an ongoing part of our pest management program as we don't want foxes to become a problem at Moonee Beach,” the spokesperson said.

The baiting program is based on 'free feeding', where non-poisonous baits are initially laid just below the surface.

Once the target species is confirmed by the tracks it leaves visiting the station, the non-poison bait is replaced with poison bait.

Bait stations such as this are an effective way of identifying and targeting pest species while avoiding native species.

The NPWS spokesperson said residents need to be vigilant when it comes to dogs in the area, which are not permitted in nature reserves.

“Foxes are a problem for ground-based wildlife and birds, and the pest management program is a way to get a handle on how significant fox numbers are in the area,” the spokesperson said.

The baiting, which began on July 10, should take a couple of weeks.

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