To Whom It May Concern:
As part of the 2003 Fire Recovery Program a fox control program is being conducted to protect the endangered Mountain Pygmy-possum.Â The program, which is expected to run over a number of years, is being conducted by Parks Victoria, the Department of Sustainability and Environment and the Mount Hotham and Falls Creek Alpine Resorts.
The aim of this program is to control foxes by the use of FoxoffÂ® poison baits.Â Poison baits will be laid every month in the Mt Hotham Resort Management area and the Alpine National Park surrounding Mt Hotham, excluding areas immediately adjacent to Dinner Plain.Â
The poison to be used is Compound 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) impregnated into FoxoffÂ® baits which will be buried to a depth of at least 10cm in soil mounds or snow (depending on the season).Â
The next poison baiting period will be held from the 5th October 2005 to the 1st June 2006.
The use of FoxoffÂ® will comply with all regulatory requirements, including label conditions and directions for the use of FoxoffÂ® in Victoria.Â When used in accordance with the directions the chances of non-target animal deaths from the use of FoxoffÂ® are reduced but there is still some associated risk.Â By being aware of the dangers you are able to help manage the risks. To minimise the risk of poisoning to your animals you are advised:
The program is being run according to Fox Adaptive Experimental Management (AEM) standards which involves both a poisoned treatment area focused around Mt Hotham and a non-poisoned experimental control area focused around Falls Creek.Â Monitoring sites will also be established near Dinner Plain but these will not involve a poisoning treatment.Â This approach enables the impacts of foxes on Mountain Pygmy-possum populations to be determined and to evaluate the effectiveness of fox control measures.Â Ongoing Mountain Pygmy-possum surveys will be conducted to monitor the effectiveness of the fox control program.
For more information, please contact Dannica Shaw at the Parks Victoria Mt Beauty office on 5754 4693.