3 March, 2021
Wild dog season is starting up in the Shire
Wild dogs, and often dingo hybrids, will be more active in the coming months according to Rural Services Coordinator Gordon Twiner.
Wild dogs, and often dingo hybrids, will be more active in the coming months according to Rural Services Coordinator Gordon Twiner who said, “wild dogs are worse than dingoes”.
“They're much more aggressive. There aren’t many pure bread Dingoes anymore. They’re almost all hybrids and they are much worse. “
He said attacks from wild dogs to livestock, and possibly humans, over the next few months will “skyrocket.”
“The bitches will come into season in May. Then there will be a further spike an even bigger spike as male dogs will be moving around looking to breed.
“what happens is — the [mother] will have her brood in winter and about this time of the year, the adolescents have grown up.
“So, she will kick them out of her territory, and they will have to wander to find a territory of their own,” said Mr Twiner
That’s why Mr Twiner believes they may be an increase in wild dog disturbances.
He has been spending and will be spending, his time undertaking a three-pronged defence against the pest:
"Shooting, trapping, and baiting."
“All three methods work in tandem to keeping our citizens and livestock safe,” he said.
“If you believe you have a wild dog threat, you can get bait from a number of shops.
“But you can also get bait from the local council.”
He says it’s important to “notify your neighbours — the more people working an area the better.”
If you have dogs, it’s important to keep them away from baited areas.
“Tie your baits up,” he said.
“After seven days destroy your bait by burial or incineration.”
There are also many trappers in the area, and predator traps can be bought at various retail outlets.