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Wild dogs on the attack in suburbia?

TERRITORIAL: Wild dogs, like these trapped at Whian Whian recently, are moving into semi-suburban areas.
TERRITORIAL: Wild dogs, like these trapped at Whian Whian recently, are moving into semi-suburban areas.

WILD DOGS are moving into semi-suburban areas, with at least one domestic dog killed and another attacked just north of Lismore last week.

North Coast Local Land Services team leader Dean Chamberlain said the attack confirmed suspicions there are "peri-urban wild dogs" in urban areas adjacent to rural land.

The attack happened at a house on Pagottos Ridge Rd, just off Dunoon Rd. A neighbour reported the dogs came onto the back porch of the house and attacked the domestic dogs living there.

Mr Chamberlain said at this time of year wild dogs are mating and marking their breeding territory.

"If there are other dogs in their patch that they consider to be a threat, they will attack," he said.

Mr Chamberlain's team covers Port Macquarie to the border and he said wild dogs were "right across the whole landscape".

He said the area north of Lismore was particularly difficult to implement baiting programs in because there are small land holdings and semi-suburban areas. State regulations have strict requirements about not baiting in built up areas or close to houses.

"Those areas are difficult to control where you've got rural villages mixed amongst farmland and last year's pups become this year's problem," he said.

LLS biosecurity officer for Lismore Neil Hing has spoken to landowners in the area where the attack took place and has implemented a trapping and baiting program.

Mr Chamberlain said there is evidence to suggest dogs are becoming more hybridised and less like dingoes, which means they are breeding more often and having larger litters.

He said the best thing people can do if they suspect there are wild dogs in their area is to contact their local LLS office.

"Too often people wait until dogs or calves have been killed. We need to take a proactive approach; talk to neighbours and get a program in place," he said.

Topics:  biosecurity feral animals wild dogs