Applications are now available from pastoralists looking for trapping services under the State Government’s new $1.4 million program to fight the scourge of wild dogs.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said the trapping program will start on 1 July.
“The impact of wild dogs on South Australia’s livestock industries is a significant concern and the State Government recognises the urgency to deal with the problem,” said Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone.
“To ensure the most effective control of wild dogs, trappers will only be working on properties where appropriate baiting has occurred – allowing them to focus on dogs that have not taken baits.
“In this way, the State Government is rewarding those participating and providing appropriate data in a partnership approach to wild dog control.
“Under the program land managers south of the dog fence experiencing wild dog problems will be able to apply for assistance from a trapper to help with their wild dog control.
“The State Wild Dog Coordinator will work with PIRSA to allocate trappers to land managers affected by wild dogs south of the Dog Fence in accordance with criteria developed by the South Australian Wild Dog Advisory Group.”
As part of the application process land holders will need to meet various selection criteria, including the completion of baiting in the last six months and evidence wild dogs still remain on their property.
Preference will be given to properties where neighbours are working together to control wild dogs.
Wild dog control is most effective as part of a co-ordinated approach involving ground and aerial baiting and trapping. As a result the State Government is providing an additional $200,000 for a one-off extensive baiting program, including aerial baiting in wild dog hot-spots south of the Dog Fence.
The baiting program includes free baits for many pastoral landholders. These will be available from the Port Augusta, Orroroo, Murray Bridge and Ceduna Natural Resources offices by the end of June.
To ensure the success of the baiting program, landholders receiving free baits are being asked to place them by the end of July.
The integrated wild dog control initiative has been developed in collaboration with stakeholders including pastoralists, the South Australian Wild Dog Advisory Group, the South Australian Sheep Advisory Group, NRM boards, the Dog Fence Board, Livestock SA, the Australian Government, Australian Wool Innovation and the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions.
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