Fox baiting has started in central Victoria with Forest Fire Management Victoria laying baits in a number of state forests.
Baits have been laid in the Bung Bong, Costerfield, Wellsford, Redcastle, Mount Hoogly and Wareek state forests.
The fox baiting program aims to reduce attacks on native animals and livestock.
FFMVic acting senior forest management and roading officer Joe Rogasch said the program focuses on boundaries between public and private land.
"Foxes are a pest animal in Australia, attacking livestock and wildlife, carrying disease and increasing the spread of weeds in our state forests," Mr Rogasch said.
"The 1080 poison shelf-stable baits will be buried in bait stations according to Victorian Directions for Use of 1080 products and manufacturer's guidelines to reduce the risk of non-target species taking them.
"The 1080 poison works on the central nervous system of the fox, leading to unconsciousness and eventual death.
"However, dead foxes pose no threat to other species because the poison is harmless once metabolised."
Mr Rogasch said it was important nearby residents and landholders ensured their dogs and other pets were confined to their property during the baiting period.
"Signs have been placed at entrances to the areas that are part of the program," he said.
"We urge pet owners to take note of the signs and keep dogs on leash or muzzled while they are being walked in or near baited areas.
"The baits will be buried and monitored regularly for four weeks and replaced if taken during the baiting period.
"Adjoining neighbours have been notified directly by mail to ensure those with dogs are able to carry out precautionary action such as fitting muzzles before entering the forests for walks."
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