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Community comment sought on North Coast Region Wild Dog Management Plan

Cover the Draft Wild Dog PlanThe issue of wild dog control and management has been placed in the spotlight with North Coast Local Land Services seeking community feedback on a new North Coast Region Wild Dog Management Plan. The Plan, developed in consultation with a range of government, industry and community stakeholders, sets out a collaborative approach to the management of wild dogs.

Implementation of the Plan will provide leadership and coordination for the management of wild dogs across the North Coast region and will increase awareness, understanding and capacity building with regards to wild dog management.

Jo McGoldrick, Manager Biosecurity and Emergency Services said, "Wild dog control is a land manager responsibility and it is our aim, through the objectives outlined in the Plan, to assist land managers achieve their objectives in this important area."

Wild dogs are considered a serious pest in Australia attacking livestock and native animals, potentially spreading diseases and threatening human health, safety and wellbeing.  Wild dog attacks on livestock and pets, lethal or otherwise, also cause emotional distress to landholders.

It is a common belief that the only impacts from wild dogs relate to attacks or deaths of domestic livestock and that wild dogs only exist in rural areas.  This is no longer the case with changing land uses and urban sprawl changing the wild dog-human interface. Many landholders now carry out control in areas under horticulture, for protection of wildlife and protection of domestic pets - particularly in the peri-urban areas.

Recognising the importance of working collaboratively, local landholders are encouraged to participate and provide input into the options and strategies for wild dog management and control outlined in the Plan.

Jo continued, "We've gained the commitment of key stakeholders such as National Parks and Wildlife Service, Forestry Corporation, Crown Land, NSW Farmers and Landcare and now we're inviting the community to also provide their feedback."

Interested community members will be able to provide comment on the plan until 8 May.  It is available online at North Coast Local Land Services new online community engagement site - North Coast Open and copies are available at North Coast Local Land Services offices in Kempsey, Coffs Harbour, South Grafton, Lismore and Casino.

Media Contact:           Jo McGoldrick, Manager Biosecurity and Emergency Services 
                                     Phone: 0407 121 265