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Wild dogs on the prowl after prolific breeding season

THE heightened presence of wild dogs on the North Coast follows a particularly prolific breeding season through winter, according to the Livestock Health and Pest Authority.

While the LHPA is conducting a host of baiting and trapping programs across the region, ranger Neil Hing said he wasn't surprised by a recent incident at The Channon.

On Monday night resident Jeremy Harland faced off a pack of aggressive cross-breeds which killed off 20 rabbits and half a dozen chickens.

Mr Hing described unprotected poultry and other small animals as "easy pickings" for wild dogs.

"Poultry, rabbits, those small types of animals - these dogs absolutely love them," Mr Hing said.

The dogs have plenty of corridors to roam through across the region; bushland on properties, national parks and state forests, and stonefruit and macadamia orchards.

"Given we've had a few good seasons there's plenty of native wildlife out there, so the dogs are in condition, and it's been a pretty good breeding season," Mr Hing said.

He said the pups born during the winter are now roaming with the pack and adults are teaching them how to hunt.

If a female dog has pups with them they are likely to be more aggressive, making for more dangerous confrontations with humans.

Wild dogs' unpredictable nature meant they should never be approached.

"People must be aware they are a wild animal - some dogs are aggressive, others will run away - it all depends on what crosses are mixed in with them," he said.

"Wild dogs are crosses of many different breeds and they also have a splash of dingo along the line.

"The main thing is don't take your eye off them and back away slowly."

Mr Hing said landholders were the "eyes and ears" of the LHPA.

"If they can report dogs to us, we know what's happening in that area."

Topics:  lhpa livestock health and pest authority wild dogs