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Tackling wild dogs in the South East

May 2018

Wild dogs are considered a pest in NSW and pose a serious risk to many producers in the South East. They are usually active at this time of year, however the current dry conditions may be causing them to travel further than before in search of food.

Wild dogs preying on livestock can be very distressing for land managers, both financially and emotionally.

South East Local Land Services will be conducting a round of aerial baiting in late May and early June, targeting some otherwise hard to reach country.

The aerial baiting will be carried out in conjunction with NSW Parks and Wildlife Service, and Forestry NSW across parts of the Monaro and in the Braidwood and Nerriga areas. Baiting this rough country will help our efforts to create a buffer zone where private and public lands meet.

The aerial baiting will complement the work that South East Local Land Services do to support the region’s 13 wild dog management groups and local Feral Fighter groups to meet their general biosecurity duty.

All land managers are encouraged to participate in group baiting programs. Local Land Services can assist with the coordination of these programs via the Feral Fighters network.

Local Land Services can put you in touch with a Feral Fighters network in your local area. The most successful wild dog control occurs when all land managers, public and private, work together on landscape scale programs.

Land managers and members of the community are being encouraged to report any sightings, sounds or suspicions of wild dog activity to their nearest Local Land Services office.

Reports of wild dog activity assist us to plan both strategic and reactive control activities and provide us with a better understanding of how wild dogs are moving throughout the region.

Our local biosecurity teams and pest animal controllers work with land managers to help them control wild dogs on their property, drawing on a range of monitoring and control methods from surveillance cameras and tracking physical signs of activity to baiting, trapping and shooting.

For any more information about pest animal control in your area, please call your nearest Local Land Services office and ask to speak with a member of the biosecurity team.