I support David Geering’s
comments re the hysteria regarding 1080.
1080 is our greatest weapon against foxes.
Without its current impact on the fox population, all our
ground dwelling birds, some reptiles, tortoises etc would be extinct in a
matter of years.
Yes it may have been used without due care in the past, but
that is a reason for better education, and not the banning of the substance.
There are approx 2.5 million foxes in Victoria. The fox bounty removed 170000, most of
them juveniles. All will be
repopulated in this current breeding season.
A fox needs 350g of food a night to survive,
only 20% comes from lambs/chooks etc.
At 280g per night x 365 days per years this is 102kg of
wildlife consumed per individual fox per year.. That’s the entire curlew
population in Victoria eaten by
So it doesn’t take much to work out the total weight of
wildlife consumed by fox population in one state.
So don’t create unnecessary hysteria. 1080 is our best weapon, let’s
encourage its proper use.