Aerial pest management across the Southern Ranges Region

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has undertaken an aerial control of pest animals across the Southern Ranges Region as part of its ongoing pest management program.

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NPWS Southern Ranges Regional Manager Mick Pettitt said an aerial shoot targeting goats, pig and deer was successfully completed, resulting in the removal of 175 pests.

"Regular aerial shoots are part of the integrated pest management approach for the Region as outlined in the Regional Pest Management Strategy 2012-17," said Mr Pettitt.

"Last month's operation was conducted in Tinderry Nature Reserve and the Alpine, Murrumbidgee and Riverina Highlands Area of Kosciuszko National Park.

"Throughout May and June NPWS also undertook aerial baiting for wild dogs at various locations and in cooperation with neighbouring landholders.

"A helicopter was used to lay baits on specific pre-set bait lines in accordance with approved wild dog plans.

"Around 11,200 baits were deployed across 8 identified wild dog management areas within the NPWS estate and adjacent to Kosciuszko National Park.

"The operation is conducted with approval from the Department of Primary Industries in accordance with the Pesticide Control Order for 1080 poison," said Mr Pettitt.

Integrated pest management operations will continue across the Southern Ranges Region in accordance with the priorities outlined in the Strategy.

Visit the NPWS website for more information on Regional Pest Management Strategies 2012-17.

Contact: Sarah Scroope