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Environment Protection Authority

Warning about using 1080 baits after dog deaths near Cobar

Media release: 1 June 2017

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is reminding the community again about the dangers of 1080 pesticides following the recent deaths of several domestic dogs due to suspected 1080 poisoning near Cobar.

EPA Central West Unit Head Bradley Tanswell said all landholders have a responsibility to ensure they use pesticides lawfully.

“We are very concerned that 1080 baits are being obtained unlawfully and as a result baiting is not being undertaken correctly, leading to the death of these family pets," Mr Tanswell said.

“1080 pesticide users must comply with specific rules to use the poison, including notifying neighbours of use at least three days in advance, erecting 1080 Poisoning Notices in the vicinity of baiting locations, and storing baits in a lockable area away from children, pets, foodstuffs, seed and fertiliser.

“Anyone using 1080 must also obtain a Pesticide Control Order and get their baits from an Authorised Control Officer of the NSW Local Lands Services.

“If landowners know that baiting is underway nearby, they should keep an eye on their pets to reduce the likelihood of pets consuming the baits. These rules are designed to protect everyone in the community, the environment and pets.

“Baiting must only be undertaken by people who have been appropriately trained and understand the requirements."

The community plays an important role in helping to monitor pesticide activities. If you are concerned about illegal pesticide use, or you have knowledge of a particular incident, please call the 24/7 Environment Line on 131 555.

Strict penalties may apply for non-compliance with a Pesticide Control Order. Under the Pesticides Act 1999, the maximum penalty that a court can impose for failing to comply with a Pesticide Control Order is $60,000 for an individual and $120,000 for a corporation.

For more information on the 1080 Pesticides Control Order visit or call the Environment Line on 131 555.

Contact: EPA Public Affairs

Page last updated: 01 June 2017