The State Government has delivered on its election commitment to deliver two full time equivalent wild dog trappers to protect South Australia’s $4.7 billion livestock industry.
As part of a multi-pronged approach to combatting wild dogs in South Australia, the State Government will also invest a one-off $200,000 funding boost into one of the biggest coordinated wild dog baiting programs ever undertaken in South Australia.
The baiting campaign will provide landholders with more than 100,000 manufactured and fresh meat baits in pastoral areas, in addition to the 180,000 baits, which have been supplied through the ‘Biteback’ program this year.
“The State Government has again demonstrated its commitment to South Australia’s primary producers and regions by delivering on our election promise to fund wild dog trappers to help protect our livestock industry,” said Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone.
“Recognising the urgency to address the impact of wild dogs on South Australia’s livestock, the trappers will commence on 1 July this year and their efforts will go a long way to reducing wild dog numbers, especially those that live and breed inside the wild Dog Fence.
“This Government has moved quickly to deliver these trappers.
“In addition to the dog trappers, we are providing extra funding for the baiting program to help producers get on top of South Australia’s wild dog problem with the first component of the baiting program involving an aerial baiting campaign which will target wild dog hotspots inside the Dog Fence, between Coober Pedy and the New South Wales border.
“At the same time as the aerial baiting campaign rains down near the Dog Fence, our co-ordinated strategy will provide a one-off allocation of free baits to all pastoral landholders with additional support from NRM boards, PIRSA and DEW.
“South Australia’s primary industries form the backbone of our economy and the State Government is committed to supporting this vital sector.”
The State Government is working to reduce wild dog numbers collaboratively with key stakeholders, including pastoralists, the South Australian Wild Dog Advisory Group, the South Australian Sheep Advisory Group, Natural Resource Management boards, the Dog Fence Board, Livestock SA, the Australian Government, Australian Wool Innovation, the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions and other key stakeholders.