Wild dogs (Canis familiaris, Canis familiaris dingo and hybrids) are one of the major pest species of livestock grazing industries in Western Australia and Australia. Wild dogs are defined as all wild-living dogs (including dingoes and hybrids). The aim of the wild dog management strategy is not to eliminate wild dogs from the State, but to control their impact on domestic stock.
Although dingoes are unprotected fauna in WA under a subsidiary notice of the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950, they are fauna protected under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The Animal Welfare Act 2002 provides for the welfare, safety and health of all vertebrate animals in WA except fish. While the Act does not prohibit the killing of an animal there is an obligation to be as humane as possible.
A State-wide strategy is essential to enable the community to manage the impacts of wild dogs effectively. All land managers (both private and public) and the community need to be involved in a focused partnership that will provide the basis for the management of the impact of wild dogs in Western Australia.
|Author||State Wild Dog Management Advisory Committee|
|Secondary title||Information for pastoralists and farmers: DRAFT|
|Publisher||Department of Agriculture,Western Australia|