Local landholders will work with North Coast Livestock Health and Pest Authority rangers to co-ordinate group baiting programs to tackle wild dog numbers following a recent meeting held in Mullumbimby.

North Coast LHPA general manager Brian McInnes says the landholders who participated in the meeting helped to make it a success, with approximately 50 questionnaires completed and these landholders agreeing to take part in a group baiting program.

“We can begin to see some positive outcomes from the meeting, and for those local landholders who have agreed to bait, we will plot their addresses on a map and work closely with them to co-ordinate a group baiting program for each area,” Mr McInnes said.

“As wild dogs in this area have a home range averaging about 20 km2, the group programs will mean that the coverage of baits on multiple properties will give the wild dogs the best opportunity to find a wild dog bait.

“Even though some properties cannot be baited due to Pesticide Control order requirements, wild dogs inhabiting these areas are very likely to find a bait on another property where baiting can occur.”

The group control programs will be monitored and if problems continue to arise in areas where 1080 baiting cannot occur, the LHPA will look at other methods to alleviate the problem, for example, soft jaw trapping and remote cameras to determine what dogs are in the area.

A wild dog information brochure has been developed to provide landholders with information on where and how to report incidents and where they can find assistance.

Landholders in the area should be receiving a brochure in their mail box in the near future. If you have not received a copy and would like to, please contact your local LHPA office.

Over 120 landholders attended the wild dog meeting, which included representatives from the LHPA and National Parks and Wildlife Service (NSPW). The meeting incorporated presentations from LHPA and NPWS staff, as well as an opportunity for landholders to discuss their issues in an open forum.

Landholders are urged to report all wild dog attacks or sightings to their local LHPA office. LHPA rangers are available to work with landholders to combat wild dog numbers.