Co-ordinator pushing Wild Dog management
Monday, 11th November, 2013
By Emily Roberts
The national Wild Dog facilitator and co-ordinator have been in the city speaking with local boards.
Wild Dog co-ordinator for Western NSW, Bruce Duncan and National Wild Dog facilitator, Greg Mifsud met the Wild Dog Destruction board and introduced Mr Duncan to his new role.
“It was a good opportunity for me to come out and meet with key stakeholders,” Mr Duncan said.
The NSW Farmers Association, in conjunction with Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), NSW Department of Primary Industries and Livestock Health and Pest
job authorities (LHPA), appointed Mr Duncan to the Western NSW.
His role is to help local producers and agencies work together to achieve strong and efficient management.
Mr Mifsud said their wild dog prevention programs were working well.
“We have seen a 13 per cent increase in wild dog baits going out and a significant rise in participation,” he said.
“The message of awareness is definitely out here.”
Mr Mifsud said they will continue to look for gaps in wild dog destruction policy.
“Some areas, their rates, aren’t as high at keeping wild dogs at bay,” he said.
“Groups are at various stages - some have been working on their programs for a long time and some are new.”
He said with continued hard work, wild dog numbers could be as they were five years ago.
“We would like to get dogs virtually absent from the region. They will never be gone completely but we can keep numbers from moving forward.”
Mr Duncan will be back next week to visit Bourke, Wanaaring, White Cliffs and Wilcannia.