DEC Baiting of National Parks & Reserves

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 19, 2012 at 16:18
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Further to Thread 91298 yesterday relating to dogs on the Gib River Road. The following information is relating to baiting in regions further south and may be of interest to those peoplewishing to visit some of the other areas under DEC control.

Under the wildlife recovery program Western Shield,
the Department of Environment and Conservation
(DEC) carries out 1080 fox and feral cat baiting
operations on nearly 3.9 million hectares of land it
manages. The program is working to bring native animals back from
the brink of extinction by controlling introduced predators such as
the European red fox and feral cat. As a result of baiting, two native
mammal species (quenda and tammar wallaby) have been removed
from the state’s threatened species list since the start of Western Shield.
In addition, populations of many more native animal species have
increased or continue to persist in baited areas under Western Shield.
Continuation of baiting will allow us to reintroduce species such as
boodies, bilbies and numbats to areas of their former range. The baiting
operations extend from Karratha in the north, through the forests of the
south-west to areas east of Esperance.

1080 is poisonous to humans and will kill domestic cats and dogs.

Pet owners please be aware that all State forest and most national parks
and nature reserves are baited four or more times a year and must be
considered dangerous areas for pet dogs and cats at all times. Pets are
not allowed in national parks. If visiting these conservation areas it is
advised that you leave your pets at home.

Pet owners are also asked to remain vigilant in preventing pets from
entering baited areas. 1080 sausage baits are made of meat and are
extremely attractive to dogs in particular, who can detect the baits from
many metres away. The baits will tempt both well-trained dogs and
fussy eaters. If you suspect your pet has taken a bait, induce vomiting
and immediately seek veterinary attention.

Neighbours, please be aware that it is legal for DEC or other neighbours
to bait as close as five metres from your boundary and as close as 150
metres from your dwelling. Pets can travel these distances very quickly.

Public notices are placed in state and local newspapers and all baited
areas are signposted—please observe 1080 warning signs. Maps of baited
areas can be viewed on DEC’s website at

For information please contact your local DEC office or visit


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Reply By: Member - Paul B (WA) - Thursday, Jan 19, 2012 at 22:45

Thursday, Jan 19, 2012 at 22:45
It is a very good thing DEC are doing to remove the ferals but it's really important to emphasise the importance of not exposing your dog (or cat) to 1080 baits. IT WILL KILL THEM!

I've now seen 4 dogs (none of mine, fortunately) take baits and die. We have induced vomiting, gotten heaps of salty water down their throats to induce further vomiting and made mad dashes to vets in the middle of the night, all to no avail. I even watched a bloke swing a dog around by the hind legs in an effort to induce vomiting.

It's just awful to see and there seems to be nothing you can do once they've taken the bait. One very experienced and competent country vet told me he had never seen a dog saved from a 1080 bait.

Grateful to hear if anyone's got any success stories.
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