Annual trend monitoring is continuing to show an increase in wallaby population with the spread spilling into the outer containment area. The ever increasing spread and the grazing habits of wallaby is of major concern to station holders. On average, three wallaby can graze an equivalent to one sheep per day and in turn foul up precious pastures.
HCC staff have vast experience in wallaby control and can offer the right advice and control programmes to suit your situation.
- Poisoning – wallabies are very inquisitive animals making them highly susceptible to poisoning. There are several options to poisoning wallabies from ground laid to aerially sown. One being the effective tool of Feratox baits (encapsulated cyanide). While this can be very labour intensive method it can provide the land owner with the ability to restock land directly after the operation and have the ability to accurately account for kill numbers. Other poisoning options are available on request.
- Aerial shooting – HCC has very experienced shooters and teamed up with an experienced pilot offer an effective alternative to poisoning. While this can be carried out at any time of the year it is preferred following a large snow fall as animal movement and cover is very restricted.
- Night shooting – wallabies are nocturnal animals and can be effectively shot under spotlight where topography and cover allows good coverage of the land. HCC is kitted out with the correct gear and vehicles to undertake effective night shooting.
- Dog and gun – this is a method that has been used for many years to effectively control wallabies. HCC’ s experienced dogs and hunters offer another option to controlling wallabies through station country.