Increasing the effectiveness of wild dog trapping programs

The use of leghold traps to capture wild dogs is a well accepted control method across Australia. Furthermore, research into trap humaneness and remote trap monitoring systems, along with the provision of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for wild dog trapping programs, acknowledge the value of leghold traps as an effective wild dog management tool. In many cases trapping programs and trappers themselves are supervised by managers with limited experience relating to the use of leghold traps for wild dog control.
Many trapping operations are implemented as reactive programs in response to ongoing wild dog attacks upon domestic stock. Such programs are often challenging for trappers as they target wild dogs that have successfully evaded a number of control methods, which often include leghold traps set in good faith by affected parties but with limited expertise. In many cases the effectiveness of reactive trapping operations is compromised due to restricted funding availability which results in short-term trapping programs that provide limited opportunity for wild dog and trap interaction. Trapping will continue to be a valuable tool within many wild dog management areas providing those who supervise trappers and trap operations understand the conditions under which trappers and trapping programs operate most effectively.

Secondary title 4th NSW Pest Animal Control Conference
Author B. Morris, A. McDougall, M. Davis, S. Guthrie & R. Hunt
Date 30/09/2008
Year 2008
Place published Wagga Wagga
Region NSW
Control method Trapping