Are wild dogs an issue on your property south of the Dog Fence?
Do you require the services of a wild dog trapper?
The livestock industry in South Australia is deeply concerned about the impact of wild dogs on livestock south of the Dog Fence.
The State Government, the sheep industry and NRM boards have committed $300,000 per year from 2018-19 to 2021-22 to fund wild dog trapping services. In mid-2019 the State Government invested a further $200,000 for a one-off extensive baiting program to control wild dogs in hot-spot areas south of the Dog Fence.
Control of wild dogs is most effective when baiting, shooting and trapping are used as part of an integrated control program. Trapping is particularly useful for targeting dogs that avoid baits.
The wild dog trappers will work south of the Dog Fence in South Australia (except for Kangaroo Island where there are no wild dogs).
To support the trapping program, which commenced on 1 July 2018, a once-off aerial baiting program targeting wild dog hot-spots was undertaken in June 2018. An additional once-off allocation of 124,250 commercially manufactured baits have been made available free-of-charge to land managers in wild dog affected parts of South Australia, for immediate deployment.
Land managers are encouraged to apply for the services of a wild dog trapper on their property.
To be eligible:
- Properties must, in the last six months, have carried out baiting in line with the REACTIVE level of baiting outlined in the SA Arid Lands NRM Best Practice Guidelines for Wild Dog Control.
- Preference will be given to properties, where neighbours are working together to control wild dogs. The trapper must be able to work across the neighbouring properties.
- Land managers must allow the trapper to trap, shoot and bait wild dogs on their properties.
- Land managers must provide the trapper with 1080 baits to lay during the trapping program.
- Land managers must agree that information relating to wild dog activity, impacts and control (including baiting) recorded by the trapper on their properties be made publicly available on WildDogScan.
- Land managers and/or property staff must participate in wild dog control training by the trapper.
Applications will be measured against this criteria using the Application Assessment Tool ().
To better assist the trappers, applying land managers are encouraged to upload recent wild dog activity and control data onto PestSmart’s WildDogScan. Participating properties will also be able to track the trapper’s results through WildDogScan.
The map of wild dog affected areas () shows where wild dogs are known to be a problem, but this is indicative only. If you have a problem with wild dogs and meet all the above criteria, you are encouraged to apply for the services of a wild dog trapper.
If you meet the above criteria, complete the wild dog trapping application form ().
The State Wild Dog Coordinator will work with PIRSA to allocate trappers to land managers who are affected by wild dogs south of the Dog Fence. Trappers will be allocated in accordance with criteria developed by the South Australian Wild Dog Advisory Group using a Trapper Allocation Decision Making Tool (). The Group will oversee the trapper program and advise relevant Ministers on program outcomes. The individual trappers will be allocated contract trapping work based on:
- Ranking of trappers by the committee that evaluated the tenders against the specifications.
- Cost per day of trappers.
- Availability of trappers.
- Ability of trappers to meet reporting requirements.
- Familiarity of trappers with the property where trapping is required.
- Satisfaction of the land managers where the trapper worked previously.
A land manager will not be able to select or influence which trapper is allocated to their property, but will be able to provide PIRSA with feedback on the performance of the trapper at the end of the job.