Wild dogs prey on a variety of animals including mammals, birds and reptiles of all sizes from insects to water buffalo. However, they prefer to eat small and medium-sized mammals when available, including native mice, dunnarts, bandicoots and wallabies. Wild dogs have been implicated in the decline of several species, both historically and in the recent past.
Dingoes originated in Asia where they were present possibly 10 000 to 14 000 years ago and were derived from wolves. Aboriginal people brought the dingo to Australia approximately 4000 years ago. The dingo never reached Tasmania. Domestic dogs were brought into Australia by Europeans in 1788 and their release into the wild has continued since. Both dingoes and wild domestic dogs are the same species, Canis familiaris.
- Discover the free WildDogScan app - WildDogScan is a website and smartphone app for land managers, livestock producers, pest controllers and community members to record sightings of wild dogs, their impacts and control activities for their […]
- National Wild Dog Action Plan - The National Wild Dog Action Plan is an industry initiative endorsed by Government.
- Wild dog – humaneness matrix - Matrix showing the relative humaneness of wild dog control methods. The ‘humaneness’ of a pest animal control method refers to the overall welfare impact that the method has on an […]
- FAQ: Wild dog impacts - Frequently asked questions about the impacts of wild dogs
- PAPP for wild dog and fox control - What is PAPP and how does it work?
- FAQ: Wild dog home ranges and movements - Information on where wild dogs live, where and how they move
- FAQ: Wild dog biology, behaviour & ecology - What’s the difference between a Dingo and a wild dog? What time of year do wild dogs mate? What do they eat?
- Wild Dog Alert - Automated recognition and messaging system for wild dog management
Define the problem and assess the impacts
Set measurable objectives
Plan your response
Control and monitor
- Glovebox Guide for Managing Wild Dogs - Download the guide The Glovebox Guide for Managing Wild Dogs is a general guide to managing populations of wild dogs in Australia. This guide uses the term ‘wild dogs’ […]
- Tools and strategies for wild dog management - Tools to control wild dogs There is a variety of different lethal and non-lethal tools available to control wild dogs. These include poison baits, traps, shooting, fencing, guard animals and […]
- Participatory wild dog management: views and practices of Australian wild dog management groups - Attacks by wild dogs (including dingoes, feral domestic dogs and hybrids) on livestock have an adverse effect on Australia’s agricultural production and agricultural communities. The objective of this project, undertaken […]
- A field guide to poison baiting: wild dogs and foxes - Download the Field Guide The Field Guide to Poison Baiting: Wild Dogs and Foxes provides information on the strategies and approaches to deliver baiting programs for wild dogs and […]
- Working Plan to Manage Wild Dogs (green book) - This document outlines a six-step strategic approach to the management of dingoes and other wild dogs
- Working dog safety & first aid - Provides information on safety and first aid for working dogs in case of poisoning by 1080 or PAPP, or leg injury due to traps.
- Facilitating the strategic management of wild dogs throughout Australia - The National Wild Dog Facilitator project was developed to meet the growing need for co-ordinated and strategic management of wild dogs across Australia
- PAPP for wild dog and fox control - What is PAPP and how does it work?
Wild dog management strategies are most successful when people work together. Because wild dogs do not respect tenure boundaries such as fences, borders or land uses, wild dog managers in one area are likely to be affected by the actions or inaction of people in surrounding areas. Working together ensures that everyone has input into a management approach. This typically requires a little bit of work from a lot of people, rather than a lot of work from a few people.
A strategic approach to managing wild dogs broadly involves: defining the issue, developing a plan of action with achievable and measurable goals, putting the plan into action, monitoring progress, evaluating the plan, and making adjustments and improvements before trying it again.
Standard Operating Procedures – wild dog control
- Model code of practice for the humane control of wild dogs - The aim of this code of practice is to provide information and recommendations to vertebrate pest managers responsible for the control of wild dogs. It includes advice on how to […]
- DOG001: Trapping of wild dogs using padded-jaw traps - Trapping of wild dogs is often used where poison baiting is less effective, for example, in or around lambing paddocks where there is abundant food. Trapping is useful for targeting […]
- DOG002: Trapping of wild dogs using cage traps - Trapping of wild dogs is used where poison baiting is less effective, for example, in or around lambing paddocks where there is abundant food. Trapping is useful for targeting individual […]
- DOG004: Ground baiting of wild dogs with 1080 - Wild dogs, which include feral domestic dogs, dingoes and their hybrids, prey on livestock causing significant impact on agricultural production. Methods of control include poisoning with sodium fluoroacetate (commonly known […]
- DOG003: Ground Shooting of Wild Dogs - Shooting of wild dogs is undertaken by government vertebrate pest control officers, landholders and professional or experienced amateur shooters. Shooting is usually an opportunistic method of control although it can […]
- DOG005: Aerial baiting of wild dogs with 1080 - Wild dogs, which include feral domestic dogs, dingoes and their hybrids, prey on livestock causing significant impact on agricultural production. Methods of control include poisoning with sodium monofluoroacetate (1080), trapping, […]
- GEN001: Methods of euthanasia - The word euthanasia means an easy death and should be regarded as an act of humane killing with the minimum of pain, fear and distress. Euthanasia of a range of […]
- GEN002: The care & management of dogs used in the control of pest animals - Dogs are used for a range of pest animal control operations. This procedure provides advice on first aid and basic care for dogs used in these situations. It is written […]
Greg Mifsud is the The National Wild Dog Facilitator.
Greg’s role is to guide and mentor State, NRM and Industry-funded wild dog Coordinators in supporting and developing functional local wild dog management groups.
Greg is based in Toowoomba, Qld and can be contacted at:
Invasive Animals CRC
203 Tor St | PO Box 102 | Toowoomba, Qld 4352
Phone: +61 7 4688 1333 Email: email@example.com
- Wild dog trapping in the woodlands of pastoral Queensland - Video series demonstrating methods and equipment used in wild dog trapping in and around the Toowoomba region, Queensland.
- Wild dog trapping in the northern tablelands of NSW - Video series demonstrating methods and equipment used in wild dog trapping in and around the Tenterfield region, Northern Tablelands NSW
- Wild dogs in Australia – interviews with Peter Fleming - This series of short videos talks about the wild dog problem in Australia, trophic cascade and mesopredator release hypothesis and the importance of community engagement in wild dog management
- Wild dog trapping in the Rangelands - Video series demonstrating some of the methods and equipment used in wild dog trapping in the arid and semi-arid rangelands of pastoral Western Australia.
- Case study: Wild dogs and transmission of Neospora caninum in Australia - Case study that investigates the potential of wild dogs as a cause of abortion outbreaks in Australian dairy and beef cattle herds
- Paroo Model of Wild Dog Control - The Paroo Shire residents have been leaders in developing and implementing best practice in the coordinated control of wild dogs. Wild Dogs are defined as feral dogs, dingoes and hybrid […]