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Landcare group has success out-foxing foxes | The Land

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PREDATOR CONTROL: A Victorian landcare group is eliminating foxes in a resilient, humane and reusable way, according to Lisette Mill.

Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) were created in America in 1930s to control coyotes. They used to contain a live round.

But now the piston punctures a capsule of 1080, or Para-aminopropiophenone (PAPP), into the canids’ mouth. To attract them, the CPE has a dehydrated meat lure.

In 2018, Basalt to Bay Landcare Network was granted a permit by Parks Victoria to use CPEs in the St Helens Flora Reserve, which is inland from Yambuk, in south western Victoria. It was the first example of this partnership approach using CPEs.

We wanted to reduce fox predation on Southern brown bandicoots (a listed endangered species)…



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