Communication Extension Projects

Under the National Wild Dog Action Plan there are communications and extension projects funded by the Commonwealth and Western Australian Governments. These projects, funded in the Stage 2 Operational plan covering financial years 2016 and 2017, are:

Field days for promotion of new technologies.

Introduction:

The Commonwealth and Western Australian Governments funded several exhibits and well attended demonstrations at some of the numerous field days around Australia.

The NWDAP worked with staff from the Invasive Animals CRC, Australian Wool Innovation and Animal Control Technologies Australia (ACTA) to host exhibits at:

  • Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show
  • Northern Beef Research Update, Rockhampton
  • SA Merino Field Days, Murray Bridge
  • National Landcare Conference, Melbourne
  • Vertebrate Pest Conference, Orange
  • Wagin Woolorama, WA
  • NT Cattleman’s Association conference, Darwin
  • Australian Vertebrate Pest Conference, Canberra.

Exhibits featured new technologies such as canid pest ejectors (CPEs) and the newly approved PAPP baits for wild dog and fox control. There was great interest in CPE demonstrations with more than 100 people stopping to learn more about it and a host of other tools at these field days. See video CPE and ACTA website for more information.

The advantages of the CPE over ground baits injected with 1080 include:

  • 1080 is protected from biodegrading within a sealed plastic capsule
  • the bait can’t be dragged away by any animal (avoids animals hoarding ground baits, baits getting lost, and non-target species exposure)
  • the lure heads can be used multiple times
  • animals other than dogs and foxes don’t have the vertical pulling force sufficient to trigger the poison ejector mechanism
  • a triggered CPE guarantees the entire poison dose is consumed by a dog or fox

There was considerable interest in the CPE from producers with neighbouring small blocks, where they feared accidentally poisoning pets and working dogs. There was also interest from land managers who wanted permanent bait sites to complement more seasonal control tools.

PAPP generated interest from land managers in peri-urban areas where the risk of accidental poisoning of roaming domestic dogs was high, or where producers were concerned at the lack of antidote for 1080 poisoning. PAPP has an antidote that must be administered by a vet and all the restrictions that apply to 1080 use also apply to PAPP in terms of neighbour notification, accredited users, distance restrictions and handling. See PAPP video and ACTA website for more information.

Older control tools, such as manufactured 1080 baits for dogs, foxes and pigs and leg hold traps were on display and aerial baiting and shooting were also discussed. A 3-D satellite image model, featuring higher rainfall and rangelands landscapes, helped explain the best locations for deployment of control tools and the impact on their effectiveness when there was a mix of pigs/dogs/foxes in the landscape was also discussed. Other pests of interest included cats, mice, rabbits and deer.

For best practice use of control tools visit www.pestsmart.org.au

Videos on wild dog control

The informative series of tool videos include:

Videos explaining the impacts of wild dogs on communities, agriculture and the environment include:

More media and news items can be viewed here

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

Last updated: May 17, 2018