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Wild dog baiting starts

Tuesday, 2nd October, 2018

Western Local Land Services prepare for their Spring baiting program. PICTURE: Supplied Western Local Land Services prepare for their Spring baiting program. PICTURE: Supplied

By Callum Marshall

Western Local Land Services begin their wild dog baiting program this week.

The Local Land Service (LLS) will implement the program in the Broken Hill region on Friday alongside the Coombah and Menindee areas.

Other areas to be included during the course of the week are Cobar/Mount Hope and Bourke, Tibooburra/Packsaddle, Topar/Wilcannia/Emmdale, Hungerford/Fords Bridge, as well as aerial dropping in the Wanaaring and White Cliffs areas.

Senior Biosecurity Officer at Western Local Land Services, Grant Davis, said they’d been running the program twice a year during the autumn and summer since 2014.

“This Spring program consists of 120 properties with 4837kms of bait over them, with 10 baits per kilometre. Overall 48730 baits are being distributed over the program,” he said.

“All of the properties that we are baiting on have approached LLS to assist them getting wild dog baits into areas on their properties that are inaccessible by car.

“The landholders are all members of their local pest animal groups. Overall, there are 17 pest groups in the Western area.”

Mr Davis said the Local Land Service had been busy preparing for the program. 

“Our biosecurity staff have been busy in Cobar and Broken Hill preparing the meat bait,” he said.

“A lot of logistical planning and labour goes into the successful delivery of this program twice a year.

“It is co-funded by Local Land Services, Australian Wool Innovations (AWI) and the landholders involved.

“If any landholders are interested in the next program in Autumn 2019, I encourage them to contact their local biosecurity officer.”

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