Wild dog baiting success continues with spring campaign
19 July 2018
Following the highly successful Local Land Services autumn aerial wild dog baiting program, a second campaign is due to be launched in spring.
Mark Tarrant, Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Invasive Species & Plant Health Team Leader, is confident that the continuing campaign will significantly reduce wild dog predation on livestock and native fauna.
“The program has grown since 2016 with an additional 44,629 baits being distributed this year. A total of 146,637 baits were dropped along pre-determined bait lines across the Northern Tablelands over the 17 day program - an increase of 19,906 baits from 2017,” said Mark.
Pre-determined aerial bait lines covered 3,665.93 kilometres broken into 20 kilometre runs, comprising 199 flight paths from Nundle in the south, to Legume on the Queensland border in the north. Extensive planning in collaboration with stakeholders takes place over six months before the program begins.
Mark Tarrant attributes the driver of the program’s success to the coordinated approach taken by stakeholders including NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, NSW Forestry Corporation, Crown Lands, neighbouring Local Land Services agencies, and 413 landholders involved in 29 Wild Dog Control Associations.
Deepwater landholder Ian Lockwood is a staunch supporter, affirming the program’s effectiveness in controlling wild dog numbers. Cameras installed east of Deepwater had detected a number of wild dogs in the area attacking sheep.
“We wouldn’t be here without the program. Since the aerial baiting, combined with ground control measures, no attacks have occurred in the past month. We are fortunate to have such an effective program in our region” Ian said.
Mark Tarrant is confident of the proven success of the program.
“While a lot of the coverage is aerial, large numbers of ground baits are delivered concurrently to ensure continuous mass coverage across the landscape. In this way a travelling dog is likely to encounter a control measure, whether it be from aerial or ground baiting. Large numbers of foxes are also impacted by the program - a flow-on-effect which may go unrecognised,” he said.
Local Land Services continually strives to fine tune the program in order to maximise its resourcefulness. Wild Dog Facilitator David Worsley, funded by Australian Wool Innovation, provides essential real time feedback to Local Land Services and landholders regarding changes to locations and conditions, allowing more efficient baiting to occur.
If you are interested in participating in future programs or would like further information please contact Mark Tarrant at Northern Tablelands Local Land Services on 0427 007 183.
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