National Wild Dog Action Plan



Nature may have a solution to protecting our
unique native wildlife

 

 

Australia has some of the most unique and iconic native wildlife and biodiversity in the world.

However, across Australia, introduced species are decimating our native wildlife and ecosystems through predation, habitat destruction, competition for resources and disease.

The long list of victims includes unique marsupials – such as quolls, bilbies, koalas, wombats and wallabies – as well as ground-dwelling birds, snakes and reptiles.

Our native animals and landscape deserve our protection….

Nature may have a solution!

Sodium fluoracetate is a naturally-occurring toxin found in more than 30 species of native Australian plants. It is the active ingredient found in 1080 baits.

It is is safe in the environment, as it dilutes into harmless compounds in water and gets eaten by the bacteria in soil.

Many of Australia’s native wildlife have a natural tolerance to sodium fluoroacetate, unlike introduced species.

That is why sodium fluroacetate is used for invasive species control and is considered the most environmentally responsible option currently available to protect Australia’s native environment from decimation by introduced species.

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Have you heard the story of the hungry Quoll?

In 2007, 16 native marsupial quolls were tracked during a large scale aerial baiting campaign (using the sodium fluoroacetate compound) – no monitored quolls died during the baiting campaign.
 
To further assess the impact of baiting, a fluorescent marker was added to the baits so the research team could assess if the quolls were even eating the baits. During the study, they trapped 19 quolls and many had evidence of ingesting a 1080 bait and not dying.
 
"One adult female was found to have evidence of eating 6 wild dog strength baits and was still alive. Providing strong evidence that quolls are tolerant to the sodium fluoroacetate, at the doses used for wild dog baits".
 
(Quoll image taken by SJ Bennett - Creative Commons)

 

Little known fact!

A lace monitor (also known as a Goanna) would have to ingest more than 71 wild dog meats baits in one sitting to ingest enough sodium fluoroacetate to kill it. 

(Goanna image taken by Sam Fraser-Smith - Creative Commons

 

Author: Centre for Invasive Species Solutions