Hunter to share in $2.4m bid to control wild dogs
More than $2million will be spent in a bid to control wild dogs throughout the state. A CAMPAIGN to cull the infestation of wild dogs in the Hunter – and across the state – is afoot with the state government backing calls for a co-ordinated approach.
The region will share in $2.4 million worth of pest control measures that include ground baiting, landholder education, and training programs.
A ground baiting initiative across 170 properties in the Dungog, Maitland, Port Stephens and Great Lakes Local Government Areas will begin by the end of next week and see more than 3000 baits laid.
Landholders will also have access to an experienced trapper – who has been trained through Local Land Service programs – if they have a cunning dog that cannot be caught.
The campaign comes after the Newcastle Herald revealed the plight of landholders in the Upper Hunter and near Branxton, who were trying to stop wild dogs killing their stock and moving closer to town.
Baiting will be part of the measures to control wild dogs.
Local Land Service invasive species team leader Jamie Maddocks urged landholders to “report sightings and attacks” and contact the service if they needed to be included in the campaign.
He said service was working with the region’s 13 wild dog associations and control measures were being implemented all year round.
The spring campaign follows an extensive aerial bait in the district and a trapping school in the Upper Hunter.
Across the state more than 1000 properties will be targeted and ground baits will be laid on more than 765,000 hectares.
Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson said wild dogs did not “respect lines on maps” so the statewide approach was necessary.