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Second round of Council’s Wild Dog Baiting program set to begin

4 May 2015

The second round of Western Downs Regional Council’s Wild Dog Baiting campaign is scheduled to take place between Monday 25 and Friday 29 May.

Spokesperson for Environmental Health Councillor Greg Olm said with the assistance of Federal Government funding Council is able to offer three rounds of baiting this year.

“Rural landholders in our region are feeling the pressures and impacts of growing wild dog numbers, so the extra campaign, which was in addition to the regular May and September baiting rounds, was aimed at counteracting the longer breeding cycles within the wild dog population,” he said.

“This year’s additional baiting round was really well received by the community, with some landholders participating in baiting for the first time and more and more groups of neighbours are getting together for maximum benefit. The additional baiting round, as well as the coordinated efforts of Council’s Wild Dog Trappers, has enabled Council to provide a more consistent service to better support our landholders.”

Cr Olm said Council encourages landholders who are experiencing problems with controlling roaming wild dogs on their property to participate in the program.

“Poison baits are the most economic, efficient and effective method of controlling wild dogs, especially in inaccessible or extensive areas such as the Western Downs,” he said.

“Coordination of the baiting program with neighbouring properties increases the effectiveness of wild dog control. The animals can quickly re-colonise baited areas due to inconsistent bait programs. Landholders across the region who are having problems managing the number of wild dogs on their properties are encouraged to get involved, as the higher the participation rate the more successful this round will be.

“A coordinated baiting program across the rural areas that includes both landholders and dedicated trappers will help reduce the likelihood of the wild dogs avoiding baiting areas. Speak with your neighbour too, as working together, landholders and Council can limit the impacts of wild dogs on wildlife, the environment, and farmers’ livelihood.”

Rural landholders, who wish to participate and are able to present valid rate 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 phone 1300 COUNCIL.

For information about baiting locations and times, visit Council’s website at www.wdrc.qld.gov.au/pest-management.

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