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Council campaign against wild dogs given extra bite

4 March 2015

The increasing wild dog population and their impacts across the Western Downs have resulted in Western Downs Regional Council conducting an additional Wild Dog Baiting round next month in March, as well as contracting two new Wild Dog Trappers to join Council’s existing full-time Trapper.

Spokesperson for Environmental Health Councillor Greg Olm said the pressures and impacts of growing wild dog numbers in the region have resulted in an increase in demand for Council’s Wild Dog Trapping service.

“To enable Council to provide a more consistent Wild Dog Trapping service across the region, and to expand on the good work of our existing full-time Trapper, Council recently contracted two new Wild Dog Trappers,” he said.

“The two new Trappers will enable Council’s service to regularly cover the Miles and Wandoan districts, and the Dalby, Jandowae and Bell districts, on top of the previously covered Tara district.

“The spike in demand has also led to Council conducting an additional Wild Dog Baiting round in March which will be in addition to the regular May and September baiting rounds.”

Cr Olm said the additional baiting round will run from Monday 23 to Friday 27 March across the region.

“I strongly encourage landholders who are experiencing problems with controlling roaming wild dogs on their property to participate in the program, as the higher the participation rate, the more successful this round of baiting will be,” he said.

“Landholders not wanting or are unable to participate in Council’s Wild Dog Baiting Program can access our dedicated Trapping service by calling Council on 1300 COUNCIL.”

Rural landholders, who wish to participate and are able to present valid rates notices, will receive 12 free baits per Lot on Plan, up to a maximum of 36 baits. If landholders require more baits, they can supply their own meat which will be injected free of charge.

To register your participation in the wild dog baiting program, or to make a booking or access Council’s Wild Dog Trapper Service, please call 1300 COUNCIL.

For information about baiting locations and times, visit Council’s Pest Management webpage.

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