This project aimed to develop a lethal trap device that can be fitted to all approved leg hold traps, replacing Strychnine, to deliver an effective lethal dose of PAPP in the form of a PAPP Putty.
This project builds on the research and development of a lethal trap device initiated by Victorian researchers and continued by NSW DPI through Invasive Animals CRC funding from 2005-2018.
Field trials completed and an APVMA assessment is underway
This project was led by NSW DPI in collaboration with Connovation and supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment
August 2020 update:
The APVMA advised that the application for the registration of PAPPPutty™ has now been fully assessed and was passed for delegate approval. The registration application for PAPPPutty™ was subsequently granted by the APVMA on the 28th September 2020 and arrangements are underway to distribute them nationaly through Animal Control Technologies Australai (ACTA).
The BiteMe™ product was not taken to full commercialisation stage as our commercialisation partner advised that it was not likely that the product would be commercially viable.
We are not proceeding with the registration of the BiteMe elastopmer reservoir that attaches to the trap jaw. Indications from the manufacturer are that the product, while effective, is not commercially viable and as a result, further research into that product has ceased.
Paul D. Meek, Kathleen Shorter & Greg Falzon (2019) Do lethal trap devices threaten foot-hold trap capture efficacy?,International Journal of Pest Management, 65:1, 66-71, DOI: 10.1080/09670874.2018.1462538
Meek, P., Brown, S., Wishart, J., Milne, H., Aylett, P., Humphrys, S., Ballard, G. and Fleming, P., Efficacy of Lethal Trap Devices to Improve the Welfare of Trapped Wild Dogs. Wildlife Research.