Successful pest management continues across the Southern Ranges

Routine pest management continues across the Southern Ranges with a recent operation reducing the number of deer, feral pigs and feral goats in Kosciuszko National Park.

Feral goats destroy native vegetation

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Southern Ranges Director, Mick Pettitt, said the successful operation was part of an ongoing integrated pest management strategy targeting these species right across the region.

“NPWS pest management aims to minimise the impacts of these animals on sensitive alpine and sub-alpine areas as well as on several threatened species, including the Southern Corroboree Frog,” Mr Pettitt said.

“During the two-week operation 785 pest animals were controlled, including fallow and sambar deer, feral pigs and feral goats” Mr Pettitt said.

The reserves targeted in this latest program include parts of Kosciuszko National Park, Tumblong State Conservation Area, Clarkes Hill Nature Reserve and Tinderry Nature Reserve.

NPWS conducts regular pest management to protect the significant values of the state’s protected areas and to help reduce the impact of pest animals on neighbouring properties.

“Our pest management operations utilise a range of methods and are often timed to coincide with activities being undertaken by surrounding land owners,” Mr Pettitt said.

“A coordinated approach with neighbours and other land management agencies is the most effective way to manage pests across the landscape,” said Mr Pettitt.

Mr Pettitt added that baiting is currently underway to target rabbits in Kosciuszko National Park with additional baiting programs being planned.

These pest management programs follow routine wild dog control undertaken across the region in recent months, including the deployment of more than 16,100 baits and intensive trapping. 

NPWS is continuing to work with wild dog groups including Local Land Services and neighbouring landholders to address specific issues as they arise.

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