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Wild Dog and Wildlife Research Public Meeting

Wild dog with tracking collar fitted identified in Bucca NSWNorth Coast Local Land Services is holding a community meeting in Bucca on 19 March to discuss wild dog research that will inform management of wild dogs in the Coffs Harbour area, particularly those residents between the western areas of Coffs Harbour and Bucca to Sandy Beach.

To achieve a more complete understanding of how wild dogs use the landscape North Coast Local Land Services is seeking community participation and involvement. Initial discussions with landholders have provided observations about the presence of wild dogs in their locality but also if the dogs were individuals, pairs or in larger groups.

To better understand how to manage wild dogs in peri-urban areas a research partnership has been formed between North Coast Local Land Services, NSW Department of Primary Industries research scientists, Forestry Corporation of NSW, National Parks and Wildlife Service and Coffs Harbour City Council.

Mark Robinson, Land Services Officer with North Coast Local Land Services said "Peri-urban areas are transition zones from urban to rural land uses and are defined as areas between the outer limits of urban and regional centres and the rural environment."

Mark continued, "Research into wild dog use of the landscape in the vicinity of urban areas is not well understood and while there have been some studies in south east Queensland on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast little research has been undertaken in NSW peri-urban areas."

Wild dogs, including dingoes, feral dogs and their hybrids, can cause substantial losses of livestock, threaten native wildlife, kill domestic pets and create serious and costly problems for landholders.

Effective wild dog management usually involves a combination of methods and strategies.  To support the development of those strategies, North Coast Local Land Services, in conjunction with project partners have been undertaking a variety of research techniques including the use of remote cameras to record wildlife,  tracking movement of wild dogs with satellite collars, dietary analysis of scats and DNA testing to ascertain the degree of hybridisation (crossbreeding) of dogs and Dingoes.

Gumbaynggir elders have provided advice and input and the employment of Gumbaynggir Green Teams (indigenous natural resource managers) have assisted with field components of the project. 

Mark said, "The Dingo is an animal of cultural significance to the local Gumbaynggir people and admired by many other Australians, however, along with other wild dogs, dingoes are also known to kill stock in NSW, the participation of the Gumbaynggir elders has, therefore, been important."

The Community Information meeting will be held at the Lower Bucca Community Preschool Building, 870-872 Bucca Road, Bucca on 19 March commencing at 6.00 pm.

To register your attendance, please contact Mark Robinson on 6659 9405 or email to mark.robinson@lls.nsw.gov.au.

Media contact: Mark Robinson, Land Services Officer Phone 6659 9405

Photo caption: Wild Dog from Bucca with tracking collar fitted  Image supplied by Jessica Sparkes