Local Land Services

What are 1080 baits ? What are they used for ?

1080 is a chemical poison used to control feral animals such as wild pigs dogs and foxes that prey on rural livestock and destroy pastures and crops. It is compounded into pellet baits or injected in soluble form into offal baits.

The name 1080 originates from the catelogue number of the product that was first produced in the early 1940’s and effectively became the brand name of the product.

The chemical structure is sodium fluoro acetate and is a synthesised salt version of the poison which naturally occurs in the Gastrolobium genus of plants also known as “poison peas” which are native to the South West region of Western Australia.

Moving into spring wild dogs and foxes become more active to find food for new pups and kits. Subsequently farmers may increase baiting programs to protect their livestock in our region.

It is quite common for new lambs and even newly born calves to be killed by foxes and wild dogs.

In rural communities, it is often domestic dogs that will form hunting packs and prey on livestock on properties just on the edge of town.

It is important that dog owners secure their animals and be aware of baiting programs in progress by local farmers and land owners. Property owners who are running baiting programs are required to advise all owners within 1km of baited areas.

Local Land Services provide excellent information and advice for the community in relation to control of feral animals. They welcome enquiry from all interested parties.

They can be contacted via their website http://www.lls.nsw.gov.au/

Drew Oliver

Regional & Rural Realty