Mike Lohr, of Edith Cowan University and his assistant Sherryl removed partial livers from every fox, which will be tested for anticoagulant rodenticides (ARs) - a specific type of rat poison that is commonly used in Australia. The results from the samples will show whether native species in the agriculture areas are affected.
Team members enjoyed a delicious free cooked breakfast, prepared by SJ, June and Meryn (funded by Wheatbelt NRM). A big extended thank you to the ‘chefs’ and other helpers for assisting in the kitchen.
Previous winner the ‘Riff Raff Team’ won first prize which was kindly donated by Nick Green at Dumbleyung Engineering. Bagging 27 foxes, 12 rabbits and one cat the ‘Riff Raff Team’ were very pleased to receive tyres, engine oils and antirust spray – thank you Dumbleyung Engineering.
Second prize, a $100 gift voucher donated by Wheatbelt NRM (thru the National Landcare Program Funding) was won by Miarunging Machines, attending the tally breakfast with 10 foxes and five rabbits.
Third prize, a $75 gift voucher went to the Davo’s Team from North Moulyinning, bagging seven foxes. Fourth place also won a $75 gift card, which was received by a special team with the perfect ‘shooting vehicle’ and the Lukin’s property in South Kukerin.
The wooden spoon award went to Jamie Frost (and team) who bagged one fox - however this is still one less, feral pest doing damage in the environment!
On behalf of the Dumbleyung Land Conservations District Committee (LCDC) I wish to give a special thank you to Wheatbelt NRM for providing a funding program that encourages farmers to be involved in the Red Card for Red Fox Program and cull feral pests.
A great thanks also goes to Nick Green from Dumbleyung Engineering, who came forward and offered a very generous donation, having being very supportive of this event in previous years as well.
Sporting Shooters Association of WA (SSAA) will donate $5 for every fox or feral cat shot to the Regional Men’s Health Initiative.
“Red Card for Rabbits & Foxes” (RCRF) maximises landholder efforts across the ag
region to control foxes and rabbits through coordinated 1080 baiting and shooting programs.
Article by C.Hadlow
Well Done Claudia and team on another successful event! Feedback from the community includes, ‘Well done Claudia on organising another successful fox shoot and breakfast. Your expertise is valued within the Shire. A substantial and tasteful breakfast was prepared in the new kitchen by Sarah-Jane, June and Merryn and appreciated by everyone.’ – L.Davidson.
Pictured top: L-R: Claudia Hadlow with winning team 'Riff Raff'
Pictured below left: Mike Lohr of ECU completing liver dissections on a fox
Pictured below right: Runner's Up 'Miarunging Machines' who won second prize