Why should you care?
On average, each landholder reporting wild dog attacks on their property has suffered livestock losses of around 100 animals a year, with a further 65 to 70 animals injured (ABARES 2014).
No individual landholder can fully benefit from wild dog control if their neighbours are not taking similar action.
Landholders have a legal obligation to take reasonable steps in controlling wild dogs on their property.
It is a challenge to improve wild dog management, it requires coordinated action by all landholders.
There are a number of methods available for wild dog control, providing flexibility to the landholder.
How can you become involved/contribute?
- Communicate and collaborate with your neighbours on wild dog control
- Investigate support mechanisms (eg. Wild dog management groups) in your local and regional area.
A national coordination framework offers:
- support for community driven action for landscape scale wild dog management
- the opportunity to reduce duplication and eliminate inefficiencies
- support for stakeholders working together to deliver safe, effective and humane management of wild dogs
- direction for the nationally consistent management of wild dogs in line with the model Code of Practice and Standard Operating Procedures [www.pestsmart.org.au/animal-welfare/humane-codes/]
- promotion of safe use and handling of available tools and technologies.
The National Wild Dog Action Plan is an industry initiative endorsed by Government.
Wild dog information published by the Invasive Animals CRC is at www.pestsmart.org.au/pest-animal-species/wild-dog/
Key information contacts:
National Wild Dog Facilitator:
Greg Mifsud Mb: E: firstname.lastname@example.org
CONTROL: Model Code of Practice and Standard Operating Procedures