The nil tenure approach to a landscape issue (Wild Dogs)

Wild dogs and foxes are a major problem to sheep producers in Australia. Foxes also have a major impact on native fauna throughout the Australian landscape.Historically, wild dog/fox management in many parts of Australia has been fragmented, ad hoc and under resourced.

The nil tenure approach allows local communities, in collaboration with government land managers, to cooperatively address wild dog/fox issues across all land tenures by collectively identifying the scope of the issue, the management technique required and the level of resources required.

In the Brindabella Wee Jasper wild dog/fox cooperative control plan, a working groupcomprising representatives of all land managers (of both private and public lands) was established in 2000. After an initial trial year in 2001 the program consistently reduced stock losses by an average of 75% per year for the following 3 years. The program has also been awarded a certificate of acknowledgment from the AustralianDepartment of Family and Community Services for dealing with the emotional impactupon farming families suffering from wild dog attacks on sheep.

The nil tenure approach highlights the benefit of focussing on the ?common problem?rather than criticising the efforts of adjoining land managers. The implementation ofthis simple approach has negated over twenty years of poor relations between private and public land managers in the area. More importantly, it has had a positive impact on the emotional well-being of farmers in the area who now feel that something positive is being done to address the constant financial and emotional impact of wild dogs. Through this truly consultative process local landmangers have not only taken ?ownership? of the issue but have identified and pursued the resources required to successfully implement a local solution.

The success of the trial nil tenure approach and the continued cooperative support ofprivate and public land managers has led to the approval of labour and financialresources for the Brindabella Wee Jasper plan until 2010. The State Council of RuralLands Protection Boards in NSW has adopted the nil tenure approach for the management of other pest species across NSW.

Author Rob Hunt & Brindabella Wee Jasper wild dog/fox working group
Year 2005
Secondary title 3rd NSW Pest Animal Control Conference
Place published Conference Location
Institution NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
Pages 4
Notes Notes
Control method Integrated Pest Management
Region NSW
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