Assessing the effectiveness and reliability of a trap alert system for use in wild dog control

The Victorian Department of Primary Industries (DPI) currently undertakes wild dog (Canis familiaris) (feral domestic dogs, dingoes and their hybrids) control in Victoria for the protection of livestock, using an integrated control program involving fencing, trapping and poison baiting. Under an exemption granted by the responsible Minister, wild dog controllers are required to check traps within 72 hours of them being set, rather than 24 hours as required by a regulation under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986.

Trap alert systems are a potential aid in managing the requirement to check traps every 24 hours. A trap alert device activates an alarm when a trap is sprung and sends an SMS message and/or email to one or more recipients.

During a wild dog control operation in spring 2010 we trialled three trap alert devices. We also tested devices in summer 2011 at sites in north-eastern Victoria and East Gippsland under controlled conditions in a range of physical and environmental settings.

Documents

Assessing the effectiveness and reliability of a trap alert system for use in wild dog control (2 Mb PDF)

Secondary title Technical Report Series No. 218
Author Luke Woodford and Alan Robley
Year 2011
Place published Heidelberg
Publisher Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research
Department Department of Sustainability and Environment
Pages 31 pp
ISBN/ISSN ISBN 978-1-74287-068-7 (online)
Control method Trapping
Region VIC
Links

https://www.dse.vic.gov.au/arthur-rylah-institute/publications/reports