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Dingoes on the hunt

Thursday, 10th March, 2011

ON THE PROWL: Dingoes are back in numbers and causing problems on at least one sheep station near Broken Hill. ON THE PROWL: Dingoes are back in numbers and causing problems on at least one sheep station near Broken Hill.

By Kurtis Eichler

As the swarms of crickets and insects cause irritation in the city, station owner Brian Treloar is battling against an army of hungry dingoes.

Mr Treloar, who runs Mooleulooloo Station north of Olary, said it was the worst he had seen in the 80 years he has been on the land.

"They're everywhere," he told the BDT. "The trouble is, we're next to the dog fence so we're copping it before most people."

He said the reason the native dogs were making their way back into the region was because of the increase in feed.

Mr Treloar said since the dingoes came back, 3000 of his lambs had been either chased into other paddocks or killed.

"Dogs like chasing things, and if they're hungry they'll go after the sheep."

The loss of lambs is an expensive one, as lambs sell for $100 per head.

The grazier said there were not enough people in the district to help control the dogs.

"It really is a very serious problem," he said.

But Tony Mayo from the Wild Dog Destruction Board said he had no knowledge of any increase in dingo numbers.

"We get the odd dog report from as far away as Cobar," Mr Mayo told the BDT.

He said the board regularly checks the dog fence along the South Australia and Queensland border.

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