Landowners urged to look west to combat wild dogs

Bruce Duncan NSW Farmers Wild Dog Coordinator.

Bruce Duncan NSW Farmers Wild Dog Coordinator.

COOMA landowners are being encouraged to look west, to overcome the wild dog problem, ahead of a stakeholder meeting at the Cooma Ex-Services Club, Thursday, June 5.

According to NSW Farmers Wild Dog Coordinator Bruce Duncan, much can be learnt from efforts undertaken in the Tilpa-Wanaaring region.

Mr Duncan has supported efforts for coordinated aerial and ground bating approaches to reduce wild dog numbers in Western NSW.

"Landholders who were involved have noted a significant reduction in predation and sightings around sites like livestock watering points," Mr Duncan said.

NSW Farmers worked with two landholder groups who received funding to aerially bait 15 properties and ground bait 40 properties covering a total area of 3.2 million hectares.

"Coordination between landholder, National Parks and the Local Land Service and taking a landscape approach to wild dog control has been the keys to success of this control program, which has included a lot of land considered inaccessible for baiting."

The meeting is the first of a series of workshops stemming from the NSW Farmers meeting in May, which attracted landowners and representatives from across the Monaro who discussed ways to tackle the wild dog problem.

Mr Duncan believed local landowners need to adopt a collaborative approach to the issue, similar to the efforts out west.

"There is no reason why the approach we have used in western NSW could not be replicated in other areas of state," Mr Duncan said

"In a sense, we remove individual property boundaries and take a cooperative and proactive approach among landholders. With the added assistance of the LLS and National Parks, wild dog control can be achieved."

Mr Duncan's position is funded by the Australian Wool Industry with a focus on enhancing wild dog programs already in place and establishing new groups to reduce livestock predation by wild dogs.

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