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.