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NSW landholders encouraged to report wild dog problems

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NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) has joined forces with the NSW Farmers' Association to fight the problem of wild dogs. The two organisations have called on NSW landholders to report wild dog activity and livestock losses.

Glen Saunders, Director Invasive Species at NSW DPI commented that, following improved seasonal conditions across the State, wild dog numbers are on the rise.

"Wild dog populations are spreading right along the Great Dividing Range and we are also receiving increasing reports from both coastal and western areas, including Bourke, Wanaaring, Tibooburra, White Cliffs and Broken Hill,” Saunders said.

“Landholders play a critical role in the fight against wild dogs and are being urged to formally report all wild dog activity to their local Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA) or local wild dog association.”

Saunders said that accurate reports from landholders help in the planning of control operations, such as aerial baiting, which is coordinated by the LHPA.

In addition, he pointed out that such data will be used in the wild dog management strategy that is being created by NSW DPI, along with the LHPA, NSW Farmers and other agencies.

NSW Farmers’ President, Fiona Simson agreed that wild dogs are a major livestock management problem.

“To effectively manage the wild dog problem in NSW, a strategic management regime is required which may include baiting, trapping or culling wild dogs as appropriate locally,” she said.

She said that the whole community can help with this livestock management issue. It is not just a problem for farmers.

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