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Foxes are regarded as a serious pest of environmental and grazing systems in Australia. The fox is a recognised predator of native wildlife and has been a significant contributor to the population decline of many native mammal, bird and reptile species. There are also claims that foxes may account for up to 30% of lamb mortalities in some areas, while mortality due to predation of 2 to 5% is more likely in most regions. The ‘Outfox the Fox’ program was established by NSW Agriculture in conjunction with a number of Rural Land Protection Boards to achieve a more strategic and coordinated fox baiting program. This program relies on a community driven and integrated management approach to the problem. The main features are to synchronise baiting across landholders at least twice a year, undertake baiting during periods when the fox is most susceptible, regularly check and replace baits, and continue until the bait take declines. A stochastic economic surplus and benefit-cost analysis model was developed to evaluate this program. The change in annual economic surplus due to the ‘Outfox the Fox’ program was $3.4m. The benefit-cost analysis showed that the project provided a significant return on public investment with a mean net present value of $9.8m and a mean benefit-cost ratio of 13.0:1. The stochastic analysis indicated that there was a very low probability of this program providing a negative economic return.

Keywords: benefit cost analysis ; research evaluation ; economic surplus ; fox

Subject(s): Farm Management

Land Economics/Use

Livestock Production/Industries

Production Economics

Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies

Issue Date: 2005

Publication Type: Report

DOI and Other Identifiers: ISSN 1442-9764 (Other)

ISBN 0 7347 1763 6 (Other)

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Total Pages: 34

JEL Codes: Q160

Series Statement: Economic Research Report


Record appears in: New South Wales Department of Primary Industries Research Economists > Research Reports

Autor: Jones, Randall E. ; Saunders, Glen ; Balogh, Suzy


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