Comments in Parliament by Senator Derryn Hinch calling for the Federal Government to regulate the orderly phase-out of 1080 have triggered a swift response from the National Wild Dog Action Plan’ Coordination Committee.
Many pastoral areas require land managers to take “all reasonable and practical steps” to manage the risk of dingoes, which are classed as pest animals. But a growing body of research argues that dingoes can be effective at controlling kangaroo and feral goat populations, especially on cattle stations.
The fight to stop the widespread damage to livestock and the environment caused by wild dogs and foxes will be fortified with two new poison baits now available for use in Australia.
In 2009 Toowoomba precision agriculture company Farmscan Ag was approached to develop a GPS guidance system for aerial baiting of wild dogs in some of Western Australia’s extensive national parks.
Local property owners in the Tambo area of central western Queensland have ‘clustered together’ to fence off almost 300,000 hectares of country, with the main aim to control the movement of wild dogs.
Wild dog horror stories from both sides of the Australian continent were heard at this week’s Meat & Livestock Australia annual general meeting in Brisbane, laying bare the severe impact the predators are causing to the viability of livestock enterprises across the country.
The winning images from the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre’s (IA CRC) national photography competition for 2015 have been announced today, with a picture of a wild dog lunching on a bearded dragon near Lake Eyre in South Australia taking the top prize.
Livestock producers in areas affected by wild dogs are being forced to dedicate close to a month out of every year to tackling the problem.
Producers should soon start to see impacts on the ground of increasing Government-level recognition of the national significance of wild dogs as a pest, according to Invasive Animals Co-operative Research Centre National Wild Dog Facilitator Greg Mifsud.
THE world is about to get much smaller for Australia’s wild dogs with the launching today of the $2.5 million Wild Dog Alert project in NSW.