LONG-held wisdom on baiting wild dogs could be on the verge of a significant shift.
Biosecurity Queensland zoologist Dr Lee Allen has discovered that poisoning senior dogs in a pack could put the grazier's younger livestock in peril.
Dr Allen said his research showed baiting led to more stock losses, not less.
"No one was more surprised than I to get those results," he told ABC Rural.
In a case of neighbouring farms, a farm using baits lost more calves than the farm next door.
The death of the older dogs by baiting leads to a change in pack mentality, Dr Allen said, so these young and less-experienced dogs hunt smaller prey.
Dr Allen said many graziers would need time and further research to be convinced of the findings.
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