Wild dogs and dingoes

Wild dog is the term used to describe pure dingoes, hybrid dingoes and feral domestic dogs.

Wild dog trapping program

The impact of wild dogs on South Australia's livestock industries is an issue of significant concern. The State Government, the sheep industry and NRM boards have committed $300,000 per year for the next four years to fund wild dog trapping services. A further $200,000 has been pledged by the State Government for a one-off extensive baiting program.

Information for land managers and pastoralists on the new wild dog trapping program including applying for trapping services on your property.

Controlling wild dogs on your property

Landholders are responsible for the satisfactory control of wild dogs on properties south of the Dog Fence under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004 .

Landholders must also destroy all wild dogs found close to either side of the Dog Fence under the Dog Fence Act 1946.

Control methods

Wild dog control methods include:

  • shooting
  • humane trapping
  • coordinated baiting
  • Canid Pest Ejector.

Detailed wild dog control techniques are available on the:

Baiting with 1080

Landowners can control wild dogs on their property using:

  • 1080 baits
  • Canid Pest Ejectors.

Landowners must sign an Approval to Possess 1080 Bait before using 1080 baits and 1080 wild dog capsules for Canid Pest Ejectors. For supply and possession of 1080 bait contact your regional NRM board.

When using 1080 baits always read the Material Safety Data Sheets and follow the directions of use:

Trapping of wild dogs

Only baiting can substantially reduce wild dog numbers, but trapping wild dogs can support the control of wild dogs by targeting those wild dogs that are wary of baits.

Under the Regulations of the Animal Welfare Act 2012, strychnine must be applied to the jaws of leg-hold traps to deliver a rapid death to trapped wild dogs. Strychnine is supplied to landholders by the NRM office solely for this purpose.

Landholders must apply for a permit (PDF 126.6 KB) from SA Health to possess strychnine.

The Directions for Use, Label and SDS must always be followed when using strychnine.

Maintaining the dog fence on your property

Landholders are responsible for the inspection and maintenance of any part of the dog fence that sits on their property.

Fence maintenance inspections should be carried out at least every 14 days.

Keeping dingoes as pets

It is illegal to keep dingoes and hybrid dingoes as pets in South Australia as explained in the Policy on management of Dingo populations in South Australia 2011.

If your dog looks like a dingo or hybrid dingo, the legislation in South Australia treats it as a dingo or hybrid dingo. However, there are other breeds that may also look like a dingo. It is the dog owner's responsibility to prove that the dog is not a dingo. This can be done by getting a DNA breed test. Not all companies that offer DNA breed tests can test for dingo, including DNA My Dog. A DNA breed certificate will only be accepted from a company that can test for dingoes, such as ADVANCE and Orivet.


Wild dog control advice

Natural Resources:

Dog fence advice

South Australian Dog Fence Board
Phone: (08) 8303 9517

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Page Last Reviewed: 09 Jul 2018
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