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Gulmarrad wild dogs in the spotlight

In response to the recent escalation of wild dog activity in the Gulmarrad area, North Coast Local Land Services is seeking the help of local residents and the surrounding farming community.

To ensure that the baiting activity is being undertaken in the most appropriate areas, North Coast Local Land Services is seeking the help of local residents in reporting any wild dog activity.

Dean Chamberlain, Team Leader Invasive Species said, “We’re asking residents and land owners to remain alert and report any wild dog activity to Tiffany Felton, Senior Biosecurity Officer at our Grafton office and her phone number is 0427 458 591.”

Dean said, “In general, most people think of impacts as being related to domestic livestock and pets but this is only part of the story.

“The area where control is proposed is also home to threatened and endangered wildlife such as coastal emus, bettongs and Brush-tailed Phascogales, all of which will benefit from a reduced wild dog population.” Dean said.

A major part of effective wild dog control is to have effective community engagement and people actively engaged in wild dog control in a proactive way. Coordinated group baiting programs are the most cost effective way to control wild dogs and landholders within the area are encouraged to form a local control group. Trapping and shooting is a good way to follow up a baiting program to remove any remaining wild dogs. 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.

Residents who have seen wild dog activity or have been impacted are encouraged to report it to North Coast Local Land Services.  Additionally, landholders interested in participating in a wild dog control group or free Vertebrate Pest Training are encouraged to contact their local North Coast Local Land Services Biosecurity Officer to find out how to be involved.

Media contact:

Dean Chamberlain, Team Leader Invasive Species Phone: 0427 458 590

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Remote cameras are used to track wild dog activity but community input is also vital.