Planning to Control Losses Caused by Wallabies and Possums

DPIPWE Browsing Animal Management Officers (see the contacts at the bottom of this page) provide advice and information to land managers. These staff are available to visit farms to advise on techinques and materials proven to achieve effective mitigation results and to work with landholders to develop an integrated browsing strategy tailored for their individual farming operation.

Estimating Losses

The first step in planning is to know what you are losing.

DPIPWE Browsing Animal Management Officers can assist landholders to assess the cost of wildlife damage, including modelling losses through the use of the BITE Program.

  Estimating Pasture Loss with BITE Information Sheet   (128Kb)

This computer-based decision-support tool for estimating pasture losses from wildlife browsing, will quickly provide an estimate of the annual cost caused by browsing. DPIPWE Browsing Animal Management Officers can also demonstrate additonal ways to monitor browsing losses and monitor the success of a control strategy, on a cost-benefit basis.

DPIPWE Browsing Animal Management Officers are also able to provide the most up-to-date information on:

Planning

There is no easy solution to managing losses caused by wildlife. To get you started a Managing Browsing Wildlife - Toolkit has been developed to provide guidance and practical information for assessing losses, deciding on appropriate control options and then making a cost effective plan to manage browsing and grazing losses from wallabies and brushtail possums on farms in Tasmania.

Assistance is also available in the development of property-based management plans between property owners/managers and property users, and in particular hunters. Property-based Wildlife Management Plans are a non-binding partnership arrangement between landowners and other property users, facilitated by staff from the Game Management Unit (GMU).

Resources

  Losing Too Much to Wallabies and Brushtail Possums?   (439Kb)

  Browsing Wildlife Species   (831Kb) (description, status, distribution, diet, and control options and issues)

  Monitoring and Measuring Pasture Losses to Wildlife   (550Kb)

  Measuring Pasture Losses to Browsing Animals   (411Kb)

  Estimating Pasture Loss with BITE Information Sheet   (128Kb) (a computer-based decision-support tool)

  Problem Summary Worksheet   (10Kb)

  Action Plan - Monitoring Worksheet   (24Kb)

Contact

Browsing Animal Management Officer
Jonathan Knox
165 Westbury Road
PROSPECT TAS 7250
Phone: 0417 754 590
Fax: 6777 5154
Email: Jonathan.Knox@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

Senior Wildlife Management Officer
Robbie Gaffney
134 Macquarie Street
HOBART TAS 7000
Phone: 0418 370 598
Email: Robbie.Gaffney@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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