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Welcome action on wild dog control

THE Queensland government has introduced initiatives to help try to curb the number of wild dogs.
THE Queensland government has introduced initiatives to help try to curb the number of wild dogs.

A NEW campaign by the State Government to tackle the problem of wild dogs is giving some comfort to graziers across Queensland.

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry John McVeigh last week launched a series of measures, including the reinvigoration of the QDOG committee, and a funding boost to reduce the number of wild dog attacks on livestock in Queensland.

"We need to make every effort to protect livestock production, the environment, and the community in general from this growing menace," Mr McVeigh said.

Elizabeth Hughes and husband Barrie run sheep and cattle on a property near Bundaberg, and she says they often see wild dogs in their paddocks.

"We lock up our sheep every night, but a neighbour has lost some sheep," she said.

Mrs Hughes said there were plenty of wild dogs around.

"They roam through the bush, along the river and come in down our gully," she said.

Mrs Hughes said while there were plenty of rabbits to provide food for the dogs, they were still a concern.

"We're still worried because every time a cow calves they're very vulnerable," she said.

Bundaberg Regional Council natural resources manager Nick Maclean said the wild dog problem had been fairly bad in the past few years.

He said the council ran baiting programs which had been well supported by landholders recently.

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