New wild dog plan for Kempsey RLPB

LANDHOLDERS, State and local government groups have united to develop a new wild dog management plan for the Kempsey Rural Lands Protection Board.

The plan covers an area of almost one million hectares in the Kempsey, Nambucca, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Bellingen, Coffs Harbour, Armidale-Dumaresq and Greater Taree local government areas, including national parks and State forests.

NSW DPI researcher Guy Ballard said the three-year plan marked a co-ordinated approach to wild dog management which aimed to balance wild dog control and dingo conservation.

Dr Ballard said community meetings had played a key role in developing the plan, which would be reviewed annually.

“We've balanced the needs of urban populations, traditional rural lifestyles and public managed land.”

“During the 2007-2008 financial year Kempsey RLPB ratepayers lost more than 2000 animals to wild dog attacks, despite the cull of 1000 wild dogs.

“The plan aims to reduce stock losses by putting management programs in place which are tailored to specific localities using multiple methods, including baiting and trapping.”

Scientific data from an ongoing NSW DPI research and demonstration trial exploring wild dog management options in the area was used in the formulation of the plan.

Funded by the Invasive Animals CRC and AWI Ltd, the trial continues to monitor the prevalence and interaction of wild dogs, dingoes and domestic dogs in north east NSW.

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