The fight to stop the widespread damage to agriculture and the environment caused by wild dogs and foxes were fortified with two new poison baits – Dogabait and Foxecute® made commercially available for use in Australia through a strong national research collaboration.
This major collaborative research and development investment spanning 12 years, between Animal Control Technologies Australia Pty Ltd (ACTA), Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and the Invasive Animals CRC resulted in the first new predator toxin in 50 years becoming available, since 1080 was released on the market. The baits contain a chemical toxin called para-amino propiophenone (short name PAPP) which causes a targeted and quick death to wild dogs and foxes when consumed.
Unlike other predator toxins, these new PAPP bait products have an antidote, which needs to be administered by a vet. However due to the fast acting nature of the baits, normal precautions and notifications must be undertaken to protect pets and working dogs during baiting programs.
PAPP baits are available for use in most jurisdictions within Australia under the the right permits and permissions, however they may not be appropriate in all wild dog and fox management situations and it is always advised to use baiting as part of an integrated management program.
Research is also continuing to make the antidote, Methylene Blue, more readily available to farmers as a glovebox antidote, this research, known as our Blue Healer project is ongoing and has recently received a funding boost through the Ag White Paper funding.
Image supplied with thanks to ACTA.
Dogabait and Foxecute PAPP baits are available for purchase through Animal Control Technologies Australia Pty Ltd.
Foxecute – https://animalcontrol.com.au/products/trap