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Beyond the Bale : June 2011
FAST FACTS lAWI has provided funding to woolgrower groups to help tackle the wild dog problem. lIn Western Australia the funding has gone towards running Wild Dog Management Planning Workshops which have seen woolgrowers, AWI, DAFWA and the Invasive Animals CRC working together. l Local wild dog action groups are active in most states and are proving an effective way to tackle the wild dog problem. AWI is working directly with woolgrowers to help reduce the impact wild dogs are having on the Australian wool industry. Many wool-growing areas of Australia face serious and costly problems with wild dogs, which can ravage a property's flock. In fact, losses caused by wild dog attacks are estimated, conservatively, to be costing the Australian wool industry about $24.2 million a year. Anecdotally, we've heard of one producer with just 200 sheep left from more than 5000 purchased over the past seven years. The financial burden of these devastating attacks is such that some woolgrowers are opting out of sheep due to the losses. With the recent push towards conservation, a reduction in station staff numbers and a good season in some places, wild dog numbers have been building up across Australia. With this increase in numbers, landholders are coming together, with state agencies and other stakeholders to begin a coordinated effort to bring wild dog numbers under control. THE NIL-TENURE APPROACH TO A LANDSCAPE ISSUE Traditionally wild dog control in Australia has been ad hoc, fragmented and under resourced. But in 2001, a trial in southern NSW saw land managers (public and private) come together to trial a new 'nil-tenure' method of wild dog control. The trial proved successful with stock losses reducing by an average of 75 per cent per annum. The nil-tenure approach encourages the whole community to work with government land managers to get on and tackle the 'real issue' of reducing wild dogs, not the short comings in aspects of control. The nil-tenure approach promotes the use of mapping and baiting as proactive strategic methods to control wild dogs. The biggest issue facing landholders controlling wild dogs is the fact that they are not pure bred dingos. These 'hybrid dogs' are breeding all year round so young problem dogs are in the environment all the time, so landholders need to be proactive about wild dog control all the time, whether that's baiting, using guardian dogs, employing a trapper or using all of them together in a proactive strategic manner. No one technique will enable the elimination of all wild dogs. Farmers working with farmers to control wild dogs March 2011 BEYOND THE BALE ON-FARM 22 Woolgrower Scott Pickering and Maremma guardian dogs helping to protect his flock at Cascade, north-west of Esperence, WA.