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NPWS fight wild dogs

NPWS are fighting wild dog populations and protecting native animals and domestic stock on Dorrigo Plateau.
NPWS are fighting wild dog populations and protecting native animals and domestic stock on Dorrigo Plateau.

WAR is being waged on wild dogs across the Dorrigo Plateau.

According to the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) a multi-pronged approach is proving the key to controlling wild dog populations and protecting native animals and domestic stock.

NPWS Dorrigo Plateau manager Dave Hitchcock said the feedback from local landholders had been very positive.

He said sand pad monitoring was being conducted before and after 1080 aerial baiting programs to monitor baiting success, along with fencing upgrades and trapping programs.

“NPWS has engaged a professional wild dog trapper to trap on Hazelbrook and Alfreda stations near Ebor, with four dogs trapped to date,” Mr Hitchcock said.

“Trapping is an effective technique to control wild dogs especially when problem dogs cannot be controlled by other methods such as baiting or shooting.”

Mr Hitchcock said the New England Livestock Health and Pest Authority (NELHPA), State Forests and private landholders were all working with NPWS to get on top of wild dog numbers.

”To further assist neighbours the NPWS and NELHPA will engage a trapper to target wild dogs over Autumn. Areas to be targeted include Guy Fakes River National Park, Guy Fawkes River Nature Reserve and Cathedral Rock National Park.”



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