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Lower Macleay landholders invited to participate in wild dog control

North Coast Local Land Services is coordinating a wild dog group ground baiting program with public and private landholders in the Lower Macleay and surrounding localities in the beginning of May.

A ground baiting program for wild dogs will be undertaken, in conjunction with both private and public land managers, for the week commencing Monday 8 May 2017. This program has evolved through widespread consultation with land managers and is an integral part of an overall control strategy as outlined in the North Coast Region Wild Dog Management Plan 2015-2020.

Peter James, Senior Biosecurity Officer said of the baiting program, “It’s important for landholders to understand that wild dog control cannot be a 'one off' approach, but requires regular baiting at key seasonal periods, preferably based on a nil-tenure approach where neighbouring landholders are undertaking the control at the same time.

“Over the last three years we have seen more land managers getting involved in group programs, rather than just trying to tackle the problem on their own and it’s fantastic to see the Lower Macleay now taking this on board.

This program will target wild dogs using 1080 fresh meat baits and will include, but not be restricted to, the following localities Collombatti, Clybucca, Bellimbopinni, Jacks Crossing, Gladstone, Kinchela, Belmore River, Verges Creek, Old Station and all remaining areas of the Lower Macleay Floodplain.

This program is designed to reduce the impact of wild dogs on agricultural livestock, domestic and native animals. The program will be undertaken using best practice control techniques by land managers who are trained and qualified in the use of pesticides. Strategies will be implemented to reduce the risk to non-target species.

“Effective wild dog control depends on a little bit of work from a lot of people, not a lot of work from just a few,” Peter concluded.

Lands Managers who do not currently possess a current Pesticide (AQF) Qualification can attend a 1080/Pindone training course provided by North Coast Local Land Services.

It is important for land managers to be trained in wild dog control techniques and North Coast Local Land Services offers regular Vertebrate Pest Training programs (VPT) across the North Coast region. The three hour VPT course, which is free, gives landholders a clear understanding of 1080 and Pindone use and the legal obligations that apply. North Coast Local Land Services also offers a two-hour Canid Pest Ejector (CPE) course that only needs to be completed once and allows land managers to add CPE’s to their wild dog control toolbox.

The training is delivered by Biosecurity Officers from North Coast Local Land Services and covers topics such as baiting techniques, toxicity, storage, transport, legislation and WH&S. On completion of the VPT course participants will be issued a certification card and remain accredited to use 1080 and Pindone for five years.

Land Managers who are interested in participating in this important pest animal control program should register their interest by contacting the North Coast Local Land Services on 6563 6700 or Peter James, Senior Biosecurity Officer  on 0429 842 966.

Media contact:  Peter James, Senior Biosecurity Officer, 0429 842 966

Photo captions:  Wild dogs caught on surveillance camera.