[Fwd: Feral Pig control in Namadgi]

Subject: [Fwd: Feral Pig control in Namadgi]
From: "Canberra Ornithologists Group Inc." <>
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2010 16:41:03 +1000 (EST)
Dear all,

Please find below an important notice regarding feral pig control in Namadgi. Can you please pass this on to your members?

Thank you,

Anna See
Project Officer
Conservation Council ACT Region
6229 3210

Please note, I work on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays so I apologise for any delay in responding to emails.

Hi, i would like to pass on a message to any of your menbers that may access Namadgi National Park in May 2010.
From the morning of Thursday the 6th of May until the end of Friday the 21st of May 2010, Namadgi National Park will be conducting its annual Feral Pig - Poison Baiting Program. Depending on animal activity, the program may be extended until Friday to 28th of May in selected areas of the park. 
This program has been run every year for the last 15 years and in the past has been highly successful in reducing pig numbers and the ecological damage they cause within the park. 
The continued success of the program depends largely on areas of operation being relatively undisturbed so that pigs in the area feel comfortable enough to approach bait stations and take the offered poisoned baits. 
In response to this, a notification of closure was released earlier this week giving notice that without consultation with Namadgi National Park, vehicle access to all non public roads and fire trails within the park would be restricted to essential services and park staff for the duration of the program. 
The notification also advises people of the presence of toxic baits within the park and the danger to humans and domestic animals of these baits. All baits will be removed at the end of operations. 
Areas of operation will be clearly marked at each end with conspicuous red on white ?1080 Poison? signs. The green, cylindrical shaped baits will be placed under red plastic tubs anchored to the ground in such a way that will prevent animals other that pigs accessing the baits.
If at all, the program will have minimal negative impact on visitor access within the park and all fire and management trails will remain open to bushwalkers and recreation groups.
For further information or vehicle access to areas of operation, please contact the Namadgi Visitor Centre on 6207 2900 or the program coordinator, Mike Rawnsley on 6207 2903 or 0418 548 957.
Mike Rawnsley
Ranger in Charge
Namadgi National Park

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