Wild dog baiting push

by admin on June 20th, 2019

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Wild dog attacks caused Orangeville farmer Eric Rudd to lose45 sheep in just eight weeks recently.
Nanjing Night Net

The farm is the 96-year-old’s livelihood and the loss was devastating.

But now Mr Rudd has joined Great Western Sydney Local Land Services’ campaign to bait wild dogs.

The campaign, which runs alongside the service’s fox eradication program, is largely localised to the Orangeville, The Oaks and Oakdale areas, as they are most at risk of attack.

Mr Rudd is thrilled with the results of the wild dog baiting for his farm.

“It’s been about seven months since the last attack on my stock,” the farm said.

“The efforts of Local Land Services in training me to bait and help monitor wild dog activity on my property has been second to none.

“Without the ongoing support I truly believe wild dogs would have put me out of business by now.”

The service’s senior biosecurity officer Lee Parker said it was important to note that the dogs being bated were not domesticated.

“These are true wild dogs,” he said.“They’re not dingoes, but they’re descendants of dingoes.It’s not anyone’s pets that we’re baiting.”

Mr Parker said wild dogs were common in rural areas and encouraged all local landholders to join the campaign, which already has 30 residents on board.

Residents involved attend information sessions where they are taught have to legally bait the dogs.

Aside from baiting the dogs, the campaign encourages residents to install motion detection cameras and contact Local Land Services whenever they see a collar-less dog wandering the area.

“We will never be able to completely eradicate wild dogs, but we can manage them to reduce numbers,” Mr Parker said.

“We want to stop them spreading further into the suburbs. The aim is to get them where they are now.”

Mr Rudd urged his neighbours to take part in the campaign.

“This is a whole of community problem and it is up to us as landowners to do our bit whether by doing the training to legally bait or by just reporting wild dog sightings,” he said.

For furtherinformation or advice call 1300 795 299.

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