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Wild Dogs on the Agenda

Landholders attending a community meetingNorth Coast Local Land Services is holding a series of community meetings in February to better equip landholders to manage wild dogs on their properties. Vertebrate pests have a huge impact on the agricultural industry and the community meetings offer landholders the opportunity to learn more about wild dogs in the local area and what can be done to combat them.

Wild dog control in New South Wales is legislated by the Local Land Services Act 2013 that requires owners and occupiers of land to eradicate, continuously suppress or destroy wild dogs on their property.

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.

Josh Wellman, Biosecurity Officer said “We work collaboratively with local landholders and it’s important that everyone has the opportunity to learn how to manage the problem and also to provide input into options and strategies for local wild dog management and control.”

The meetings will include presentations from Biosecurity Officers from North Coast Local Land Services and a professional dog trapper.  Participants will learn about wild dog behaviour and ecology and how to identify habits and signs of wild dogs.  This information can then be used to develop local property plans and control methods.

“Wild dog control is more effective when neighbours collaborate on baiting, trapping and shooting programs and we’ll discuss ways to coordinate efforts with others,” Josh continued.

Josh said, “When neighbours agree to coordinate their activity, we can work with those local landholder groups to develop Local Wild Dog Management Plans, ensuring control is more effective.”

The Wild Dog Community Meetings will be held on:

Tuesday 9 February at Ettrick Hall
Thursday 11 February at Mummulgum Hall
Tuesday 16 February at Old Bonalbo Soldiers Hall
Thursday 18 February at Wiangaree Hall

Landholders interested in attending should contact Josh Wellman at North Coast Local Land Services on 0428 645 535.

Media contact: Josh Wellman, Biosecurity Officer 0428 645 535

Photo caption: Local landholders are invited to attend Wild Dog Community Meetings