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Hunt for wild dog solutions

Monday, 31st March, 2014

Rob Gregory, GM of Western Local Land Services, with Federal MP Sussan Ley and National Wild Dog Facilitator, Greg Misfud, at the White Cliffs forum. Rob Gregory, GM of Western Local Land Services, with Federal MP Sussan Ley and National Wild Dog Facilitator, Greg Misfud, at the White Cliffs forum.

Wild dogs looking for water are creating problems for graziers in the western region, according to Landcare.

Fifty-five people attended a Western Wild Dog Management Forum in White Cliffs this month to discuss the problem.

“Dogs are posing increasing risks to graziers, particularly in the area north of White Cliffs,” said Regional Landcare Facilitator Anne Holst.

“With water supplies down, landholders are seeing more wild dogs on their properties and they are taking a high level of risk in approaching areas where there are people and stock. 

“The Barrier Area Rangecare Group recognised that a coordinated approach was the best way to bring people together to address the issue and provide first-hand training.”

Dog-trapping lessons were conducted after the forum, which was also attended by staff from the Wild Dog Destruction Board.

“There was an agreement by everyone that we need to work together to streamline the reporting by various agencies of wild dog tracks, attacks and dogs killed,” Ms Holst said.

“We also need to encourage like-minded landholders to work together to address the issue.

“Experience tells us that it’s far more effective for landholders to carry out coordinated wild dog programs so we don’t just move the problem from one property to another.”

The forum and training followed wild dog baiting programs at Wanaaring and Tilpa in early March. That included aerial baiting in breeding grounds in areas that had been destocked and were difficult reach.

The forum was a joint initiative of Western Local Land Services and Landcare, with sponsorship from the Australian Wool Innovation fund.

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