Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes is on again from early in 2018 right through until April! It’s a popular community driven feral animal management program conducted throughout the South West of WA, from north of Geraldton to Esperance. It operates through a coordinated approach with a view to maximising effort during set punctuated timeframes, where feral animals are targeted simultaneously across the State with shooting and baiting.
The dates for the SSAA WA Autumn Community Fox Shoots are:
19 – 21 January 2018
16 – 18 February 2018
16 – 18 March 2018
13 – 15 April 2018
Five dollars for every fox and feral cat culled will be donated by the SSAA WA to The Regional Men’s Health Initiative, up to $20,000 annually. Next year we are gauging people’s interest by holding two extra shoots - one in January and one in April. If there is a good response, we hope to continue with these dates forwarded into subsequent years.
The Hotbaiting period, which specifically targets rabbits and foxes, has been set for the period, 1 February to 30 April 2018. Landholders are starting to report an increase in rabbit numbers, so this autumn will be a crucial time in their control to capitalise on the boost from the March 2017 calici virus release.
Now is the time to start organising your baiting accreditation and permits so that you are ready to go in Autumn. To get your 1080 accreditation, go to: http://dafwa.moodle.com.au/externaluser/login/index.php and follow their instructions, either as a new user, or log on using previous credentials. Once you have completed your accreditation, you need to fill in a permit application form, which is available at: https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/sites/gateway/files/Restricted%20chemical%20product%20permit%20application%20form.pdf .
Once you have your permit, you need to notify your neighbours that you are going to be using 1080. Templates for these letters can be found in the 1080 manual: https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/sites/gateway/file/Landholder%20information%20for%20the%20safe%20use%20and%20management%20of%201080%20PDF.pdf, published by Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.
To register your event for Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes and for information on how to run a fox shoot, please go to the Red Card website, www.redcard.org.au or call Jacquie on 9670 3113.