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Rounding up wild dog and feral pig numbers

4 September 2015

With rural landholders in the region feeling the pressures of growing wild dog numbers, Western Downs Regional Council’s Wild Dog Baiting Program is scoring success after success, thanks to funding from the Federal Government and the coordinated efforts of Council and participating landholders.

Spokesperson for Environmental Health Councillor Greg Olm said with the final wild dog baiting round for the year due to commence at the end of September, Council’s Rural Services Team and rural landholders should be praised for their outstanding efforts and achievements to lessen the impacts of wild dogs in our region.

“This year, we received funding through the Australian Government’s Drought Assistance Feral Animal Management Program. I’d like to acknowledge and thank the Federal Government for this funding, which allowed Council to boost its efforts to curb roaming wild dog numbers through an additional baiting round and to expand on the good work of our existing full-time Trapper with two new contracted Trappers,” he said.

“This extra baiting round, which was held in March, saw some landholders participate in the program for the first time, and more rural landholders working together to combat wild dogs on their properties.

“The ongoing coordinated efforts of Council and our landholders also resulted in over two tonnes of Council-supplied meat being successfully distributed across the region to 172 property owners in this year’s second wild dog baiting round.

“A coordinated approach across our rural areas, between landholders and Council’s dedicated Trappers, will help ensure that wild dogs find the baited areas, rather than avoiding them. So, I encourage you to speak with your neighbour before the next round later this month, as by working together landholders and Council can limit the impacts of wild dogs on wildlife, the environment, and farmers’ livelihoods.”

Cr Olm said the extra funding from the Federal Government also allowed Council to run a pilot Feral Pig Aerial Shooting Program.

“The results of the pilot feral pig aerial shooting program were simply outstanding. This program saw a great outcome for our rural landholders, with four pest management groups from Inglestone, Meandarra, Moonie and The Gums working alongside Council to complete two aerial shoots,” he said.

“The combined efforts of 301 participating landholders, covering 805,061 hectares, with the two aerial shoots resulted in 11,028 feral pigs being eradicated. The destruction of this many feral pigs is unprecedented and will make a big difference to agricultural production in the region.

“These programs highlight how Council, landholders, and Natural Resource Management groups working together on a coordinated basis can achieve exceptional results for our communities. Council has already applied for more funding under the second round of the Australian Government’s Drought Assistance Feral Animal Management Program, and is preparing an application for the State Government’s recently announced Queensland Feral Pest Initiative, so as to continue to capitalise on the great results achieved from the previous rounds.”

The final wild dog baiting round for 2015 is scheduled for Monday 28 September to Friday 2 October.

To register your participation in the wild dog baiting program phone 1300 COUNCIL.

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

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