Wild dogs threaten agricultural enterprises such as sheep production throughout the North-East and Gippsland regions of Victoria. The Department of Primary Industries undertakes a trapping program as part of an integrated approach to managing the impacts of wild dogs. Trappers currently operate and inspect 30-40 large rubber-padded leghold traps each across a number of sites on the periphery of private and crown land. These areas are characterised by mountainous and heavily vegetated landscapes that are often subject to snowfall. Considerable time is spent accessing and inspecting trap sets over rugged terrain using 4WD vehicles or horseback. Opportunities to improve the efficiency of the current trapping program could be realised if a reliable automated alerting system was utilised.
|Author||Johnston, M. J., Wilson, R., Rogers, B., Titley, D. and Miller, I.|
|Secondary title||13th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference|
|Place published||Wellington, NZ|