Wild dogs in the Western region

OVERVIEW OF THE CURRENT PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS

1. Seasonal predator programs — large scale aerial and ground baiting program, targeting wild dogs, foxes and feral cats, carried out in autumn and spring.

Landholders that are not involved in a pest management group or Landcare group are encouraged to join their local group and participate in coordinated programs.

2. Infrastructure project — funding will be used to establish a bait handling facility at Bourke, similar to the facility already established in Broken Hill. This will allow better use of resources to reduce travel and associated expenses by our Biosecurity Officers.

3. Pest animal expos — while it was the intention to host three traditional face to face events, COVID-19 meant this wasnt a possibility. To compensate, the Western NSW Pest Chat Webinar Series was developed, with six episodes held over December, February and March.

For further information contact your local biosecurity officer.

4. 'Western Tracks' collaring project — the Western Tracks collaring project is a collaborative research project to improve the management of wild dogs and feral pigs in flood and associated country of the Paroo, Cuttaburra, Warrego and Darling River systems in the Western Division. Some resources on the program are below.

For further information, contact Tim Wall, Team Leader of Biosecurity, on 0428 915 070 or tim.wall@lls.nsw.gov.au.

5. 'Trapping' program — landholders will have access to professional wild dog controllers to support the control of wild dogs on their property. To May 2021, 80 wild dogs have been controlled. Some resources on the program are below.

For further information, contact the program's administrative officer on 0409 677 891 or PWDC@lls.nsw.gov.au.

6. 'White Spaces' project — this project aims to inform all landholders of their pest animal responsibilities, and use a range of strategies to incorporate non-participants into group programs. Some resources on this project are below:

For the latest update on this project contact your local biosecurity officer.

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These six programs and projects were developed following consultation with the pest management groups and relevant stakeholders, with planning getting underway in late 2019. All landholders are encouraged to be actively involved, to share knowledge and experience, to incorporate into future management of wild dogs and other pest animals.

For further information on the programs or projects, or managing pest animals more generally, contact your nearest Biosecurity Officer, Local Landcare Coordinator or Regional Pest Animal Coordinator, Phil Baird on 0417 776 218 or email.

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