Targeting wild dogs - together

24 Jul, 2014 04:00 AM
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Control measures are only half the battle – recording and collating the data needed is a huge task

THE launch of the National Wild Dog Action program in July brought hope to producers struggling with the psychological and financial impacts of wild dog predation, but a collective approach is needed for real success according to project managers.


Visit your regional Targeting Wild Dogs page:

  • NSW: www.theland.com.au/wild_dogs
  • WA: www.farmweekly.com.au/wild_dogs
  • VIC: www.stockandland.com.au/wild_dogs
  • SA: www.stockjournal.com.au/wild_dogs
  • QLD: www.queenslandcountrylife.com.au/wild_dogs
  • NQ: www.northqueenslandregister.com.au/wild_dogs

  • Control measures are only half the battle – recording and collating the data needed to effectively target the growing problem is a huge task. And that’s where we come in. In conjunction with the Invasive Animals Co-operative Research Centre (IA CRC), FarmOnline is launching an interactive campaign – Targeting Wild Dogs – so we can help take the fight to the front line.

    Each week we’ll bring you updates from the field and help teach you how to use the resources developed by the IA CRC. But more importantly, we need more scouts to help improve eradication efforts by logging in to WildDogScan and reporting dog activity.

    How you can help

  • Keep track of the Targeting Wild Dogs project online - click the 'feature' button shortcut on our home page or add /wild_dogs to your masthead url (see list above)
  • Register at www.feralscan.org.au to report wild dog evidence, sightings or damage
  • Send us your stories, feedback and ideas to boost the resource bank: email FarmOnline
  • WildDogScan gives producers the tools to take control of their own data collection and management programs, national wild dog facilitator Greg Mifsud said.

    “It’s important to be involved in the reporting of dog sightings and incidents so people can become aware and local management programs can be targeted and more effective.”

    With wild dogs incursions reported in southern areas where they’ve been absent for 100 years, producers losing up to 1000 sheep annually and the potential of a ‘wild dog wave’ to sweep across the country this year, the call to action has never been more urgent. It’s time we all pitched in to put the bite on wild dogs.

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    READER COMMENTS

    ProDingo
    24/07/2014 7:22:52 PM

    I wish that you would stop poisoning our wildlife, particularly the Dingo, and other animals that feed on poisoned carrion!
    Makka
    25/07/2014 7:08:54 PM

    Prodingo - what exactly do you mean by " poisoned carrion"? Which other wildlife did you have in mind?
    Realist
    27/07/2014 5:33:49 PM

    The problem with the dogs in the west is far removed from the threat closer to the coast. Whilst the damage is similar, you are dealing with a far more complex animal on the coast strip - yes - the hybrid - and with it comes all the worst features of the parentage. The hybrid has the cunning of the dingo, but has the vicious traits of the other parent, and sadly, lacks some respect - is cheeky, and less afraid of the closer community. These half breds are killing work dogs on the chains, eating the rear end out of working dogs as they struggle to seek protection under barns - open season !!
    Mark
    28/02/2015 3:52:12 AM

    Well I read these comments all the time about we all got to work together against dogs.but I am a willing dogger ready to go but to where no 1has ever responded for my services . It don't make scence to me at all . We have a dog problem here too but we got no bounty the shires around us do and yes they bait as well so some councils just don't care it is all expense to me and nothing to help for my effort .

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