Paroo Model of Wild Dog Control – Western QLD

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 canines and are a declared pest under the Land  Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002. The Paroo Shire Council made a decision in 2004 to raise its commitment to pest management within the Shire.

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This commitment had a focus on controlling the wild dogs in the shire, and fighting the continued wild dog incursions from the areas north of the shire into the Paroo Shire area, which was having a grave impact on grazing throughout the entire Shire. At this time, the Paroo Shire had over fifty percent of its area overrun with wild dogs. The Wild Dog control  program commenced with a baiting campaign which covered an area of 1.9 million hectares. A committee was set up of local residents who committed their valuable time, knowledge and expertise to lead the control efforts against wild dogs for the benefit of all landholders in the Paroo Shire.

Within four years, the wild dog population in the Paroo Shire had reduced dramatically. Ongoing monitoring work has seen the area which has required baiting reduced by 50%, down to 780 000 hectares. This booklet will outline the wild dog technical thinking and community engagement processes that were employed to achieve this outstanding result.

The National Wild Dog Action Plan is an industry initiative endorsed by Government.

Last updated: August 22, 2017