- Friday 08 May 2015
Wild dogs are a serious issue and failure to control them can result in livestock losses, attacks on domestic pets and the loss of native fauna.
Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Bio-security Queensland and Sunshine Coast Council support local area community groups to undertake proactive wild dog baiting programs.
“Landholders have a legislative responsibility to control declared pests on their land and participation in wild dog baiting programs is an effective way to help meet this responsibility,” Cr McKay said.
“The latest community led wild dog baiting program has commenced and will run through to June 5, 2015 for baiting participant properties throughout Bald Knob, Beerburrum, Beerwah, Belli Park, Bells Creek, Cambroon, Conondale, Crohamhurst, Curramore, Elaman Creek, Harper Creek, Gheerulla, Kenilworth, Kidaman Creek, Landsborough, Maleny, Maroochy River, Peachester, Reesville, Valdora, Witta, Wootha and Yandina Creek areas.
“The baiting program is offered to eligible local area coordination groups at least twice a year, with each program lasting for around four weeks.”
Cr McKay said there were further methods landowners should take to reduce the impact of wild dogs and council officers were available to assist with education and action.
“As part of their responsibility, property owners should also ensure pet dogs are fenced and under control at all times (and not roaming) and learn and understand how to keep livestock safe,” she said.
“Council officers are also available to arrange site assessments and to train residents in proactive and reactive trapping.
“In cases where livestock or pets have been harmed, Council officers will at times install motion activated cameras on the properties to determine if the dogs that caused the damage are domestic or wild dogs. Different capture techniques and strategies are employed dependant on this determination.”
Cr McKay said generally hinterland areas have the most wild dog sightings, however there had been a steady increase of wild animals reported in the fringe between the urban and rural land (peri-urban land areas) throughout South East Queensland.
“Council has been working with Biosecurity Queensland on a peri-urban wild dog research program to monitor, track and identify dispersal patterns for wild dogs throughout South East Queensland,” Cr McKay said.
Residents are encouraged to report wild dog sightings, incidents or requests by visiting council’s website or calling 5475 7272. Council will then investigate and action as appropriate.
Further information about wild dogs can be found on Council’s and Bio-security Queensland’s websites.