Council plans a program to bait wild dogs

BUNDABERG Regional Council will carry out a co-ordinated 1080 baiting program from May 7.

Council Environment and Natural Resources spokesman Danny Rowleson said the program was aimed at controlling wild dog numbers in rural areas across the region.

"The council normally runs a program twice yearly in May/June and August/September as these times coincide with wild dog mating and whelping times and offers the best outcome for control," he said.

Cr Rowleson said that during May/June wild dogs were actively looking for mates and were on the move and more likely to find baits.

"The August/September period is when pups are being dropped which increases the chances of baiting being effective against offspring as well," he said.

"A co-ordinated program runs over a larger area, and provides for more effective control as it limits the chances of dogs avoiding baited areas."

The council will provide 12 free factory baits per landholder.

"Studies have also shown that you don't want to take all the wild dogs out as they also provide benefits by maintaining macropod (kangaroo) and wild pig numbers at manageable levels which does provide a benefit for the landholder," Cr Rowleson said.

"It can be a bit of a balancing act in determining which is worse; a few calves being bitten or killed by wild dogs; or landholders' carrying capacities being affected by increases in macropod numbers reducing pasture levels.

"The council encourages all landholders in wild dog-affected areas to participate in this program to get the best result for the Bundaberg region."

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