Farmer fined for dog baiting

A GLEN Innes farmer has been fined $400 for using restricted wild dog baits without warning his neighbours or keeping records of how they were used.

Armidale region Environment Protection Authority manager Simon Smith said the agency would crack down on any landholders not following the rules.

"The Pesticide Control Order requires all persons using 1080 wild dog baits to give neighbours within a one-kilometre range of the baits a minimum of three days' warning before the baits are laid in order to avoid any unintentional consequences," he said.

"The farmer was fined by the EPA because while he was familiar with the directions of the PCO, had undertaken pesticide training and knew his responsibilities - he had neglected to carry them out."

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