Action to combat wild dog outbreak
Friday, 7th October, 2011
By Erica Visser
Wild dog numbers in the west are getting out of hand, according to the NSW Department of Primary Industries.
The region was protected in the past by the 2500 kilometre-long wild dog barrier fence but dogs have recently been seen in Broken Hill and surrounding areas.
To counteract the problem, the DPI is planning a series of wild dog management workshops in the western district over the coming months.
DPI project officer, Ben Allen, said that wild dog numbers had been rising for quite some time.
“I think it’s just sort of been a long time coming. It’s not something that happens overnight,” Mr Allen said.
“Dogs are in every part of Australia and this region has had the lowest population for decades.
“It doesn’t take long for the dogs to move to a new area once they start moving.”
Wild dogs, such as dingoes, prey on livestock and native animals, attack farm dogs and spread of disease.
The workshops, which are funded by Australian Wool Innovation, aim to help property owners tackle the problem.
Mr Allen said that they were an important aid in dealing with the problem before it was too late.
“It’s an ongoing effort which will run for the next eighteen months to reduce the impact of wild dogs on livestock and both animal and human health,” Mr Allen said.
He said the first of the workshops was due to begin in Bourke next month and that the local workshops would be held early next year.