A RECORD number of scalps were presented to the Maranoa Regional Council in 2014, highlighting that many landholders across the region are doing their bit in the fight against wild dogs.
The Maranoa Regional Council Wild Dog Management Advisory Group recently hosted their annual Golden Dogger Awards – an event that aims to encourage greater wild dog control throughout the shire.
Councillor Jan Chambers, who heads up the pest management portfolio, said over 2000 scalps were collected across the shire in 2014.
“With the number of scalps and participants increasing each year, this yet again highlights the commitment of landholders in helping council with our control measures,” Cr Chambers said.
“I’d like to congratulate everyone who participated, especially the Golden Dogger for the third year running, Danny Sutton of Bymount.”
Well known throughout the district for his trapping abilities, Mr Sutton handed in a total of 182 wild dog scalps in 2014.
Other trappers and landholders who notched up some impressive totals included Injune’s Shaun Warrian with 109 scalps and Graham Harland with 84 scalps.
Mungallala’s Ian Handley handed in 73 scalps for the year while Alan Mitchell had 72 scalps and the Phillips family had 61.
Matthew Beach was named Novice Dogger with 48 scalps while Charlie Handley and Taine Duff tied with six scalps each for the Junior Dogger Award.