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An assessment of the potential target specificity of 1080 predator baiting in Western Australia

Calver, M.C.ORCID: 0000-0001-9082-2902, King, D.R., Bradley, J.S., Gardner, J.L. and Martin, G.R. (1989) An assessment of the potential target specificity of 1080 predator baiting in Western Australia. Australian Wildlife Research, 16 (6). pp. 625-638.

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The potential hazard of 1080 baiting for predators to 14 species of non-target mammals in the pastoral-areas of Western Australia and a further 6 from Western Australia's Fitzgerald River National Park, was assessed by comparing projected doses of 1080 (based on consumption of non-toxic bait by captive animals in the absence of alternative food) with the approximate lethal dose of 1080 for each species. Individuals from 12 species were potentially at risk from crackle baits, while only individuals from Dasyurus hallucatus, Ningaui spp. Sminthopsis crassicaudata, Planigale maculata, a population of Leggadina forresti and a population of Sminthopsis ooldea were potentially endangered by meat baits. Tests using the native Zyzomys argurus and Pseudomys hermannsbergensis and laboratory mice Mus musculus and rats Rattus norvegicus showed that individuals of all species reduced their consumption of toxic bait relative to non-toxic bait, although this did not prevent 3 of 5 rats and 1 of 3 P. hermannsbergensis from being killed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
Publisher: Commonwealth Scientific And Industrial Research Organization
Copyright: © CSIRO 1989
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