Funding to fight dogs

WILD DOG ACTION PLAN: Geoff Power said continued support was needed in the fight against wild dog predation.
WILD DOG ACTION PLAN: Geoff Power said continued support was needed in the fight against wild dog predation.

MORE federal government funding has been announced for stage three of the National Wild Dog Action Plan in 2017-18 and 2018-19.

More than $312,000 has been granted for the project through the federal government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper’s Established Pest Animals and Weeds Measure.

Livestock SA representative national Stakeholder Consultative Group, through the National Wild Dog Action Plan, chairman Geoff Power said he appreciated the federal government’s continued support in the fight against wild dog predation.

Mr Power said in South Australia wild dog control continued to be a concern, with 550 dogs shot or trapped south of the fence since the start of the year.

“It’s a extremely concerning figure and why Livestock SA continues to advocate for further funding to be allocated towards wild dog control,” Mr Power said.

If they were to become established in peri-urban areas... it would become extremely hard to eradicate them so it’s important wild dog control continues to remain a focus at a national and state level

Geoff Power

“Dogs have been caught as far south at Eurelia in the Upper North, Port Neill on the Eyre Peninsula and to the east of Burra.”

Mr Power said there had also reports of sheep losses and bites at Peterborough, Orroroo and in the Flinders Ranges.

“If they were to become established in peri-urban areas such as the Clare Valley or Barossa Valley it would become extremely hard to eradicate them so it’s important wild dog control continues to remain a focus at a national and state level.”

“We are grateful for the federal government’s continued support,” Mr Power said.

Mr Power said receiving funding for stage three of the project would go a long way to ensure continued collaboration and coordination at a national level, which would be vital in order to get on top of the wild dog problem.

He said stage three of the action plan would ensure the industry continued to build capacity and help with a whole of landscape approach.

“Besides the impact they are having on livestock production, they are also causing significant damage to native animal populations,” Mr Power said. 

A wild dog was shot in Port Neill earlier this year.

Mr Power said it was unusual to have wild dogs as far south as Port Neill but wild dogs were increasing on the Eyre Peninsula.

He also said good farming years across had enabled wild dogs to flourish.