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Impacts on nontarget avian species from aerial meat baiting for feral pigs

Gentle, Matthew and Speed, James and Pople, Anthony (2014) Impacts on nontarget avian species from aerial meat baiting for feral pigs. Ecological Management & Restoration, 15 (3). p. 222. ISSN 14427001

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Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/emr.12132

Abstract

Bait containing sodium fluoroacetate (1080) is widely used for the routine control of feral pigs in Australia. In Queensland, meat baits are popular in western and northern pastoral areas where they are readily accepted by feral pigs and can be distributed aerially. Field studies have indicated some levels of interference and consumption of baits by nontarget species and, based on toxicity data and the 1080 content of baits, many nontarget species (particularly birds and varanids) are potentially at risk through primary poisoning. While occasional deaths of species have been recorded, it remains unclear whether the level of mortality is sufficient to threaten the viability or ecological function of species. A series of field trials at Culgoa National Park in south-western Queensland was conducted to determine the effect of broadscale aerial baiting (1.7 baits per km2) on the density of nontarget avian species that may consume baits. Counts of susceptible bird species were conducted prior to and following aerial baiting, and on three nearby unbaited properties, in May and November 2011, and May 2012. A sample of baits was monitored with remote cameras in the November 2011 and May 2012 trials. Over the three baiting campaigns, there was no evidence of a population-level decline among the seven avian nontarget species that were monitored. Thirty per cent and 15% of baits monitored by remote cameras in the November 2011 and May 2012 trials were sampled by birds, varanids or other reptiles. These results support the continued use of 1080 meat baits for feral pig management in western Queensland and similar environs.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Biosecurity Queensland
Keywords:feral pig;invasive species;natural resource management;poison
Subjects:Animal culture > Swine
Science > Invasive Species > Animals > Animal control and ecology
Deposited On:24 Sep 2014 01:47
Last Modified:08 Jun 2015 16:02

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