Upper South East prepared for wild dogs

MENACE: Wild dogs can cause considerable damage. Photo sourced from PestSmart Connect.
MENACE: Wild dogs can cause considerable damage. Photo sourced from PestSmart Connect.

Up-to-date advice and assistance in controlling wild dogs is now available to Upper South East landholders.

Natural Resources South East USE Team Leader Kym Haebich said three natural resources management officers had recently attended a workshop on wild dog trapping and predator management.

“The workshop was a good platform to share knowledge with other regions about current management techniques,” Mr Haebich said.

“This training will assist us to provide a quality and timely service, and ensure local landholders are better equipped to deal with the impact of wild dogs.”

A national survey conducted by Pest-Smart in 2014-15 revealed that the average cost to a small property from stock losses and control related to wild dogs was nearly $23,000. The cost to mid-range properties was $166,000, while large (pastoral) properties were losing close to $2 million.

“Working together, we’ll be supporting groups and individuals to monitor the landscape,” Mr Haebich said.

“A collective and coordinated approach will be most effective to reduce impact on the livestock industry.”

For assistance or more information, contact the Natural Resources Centre at Keith on 8755 1620. To find out more about the National Wild Dog Action Plan visit www.pestsmart.org.au.

This initiative has been funded through the Australian Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the Government’s plan for stronger farmers and a stronger economy.