- Tuesday 15 September 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 supported local area community groups to undertake proactive wild dog baiting programs.
“Landowners 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 next community-led wild dog baiting program will be held from now until October 9, 2015 for participant properties throughout Bald Knob, Beerburrum, Beerwah, Belli Park, Bells Creek, Cambroon, Conondale, Coochin Creek, Crohamhurst, Curramore, Eerwah Vale, Elaman Creek, Gheerulla, Kenilworth, Kidaman Creek, Maroochy River, Peachester, Reesville, Valdora, Witta and Yandina Creek.
“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, landowners 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 dependent on this determination.”
Cr McKay said Council was focused on engaging with and informing the community about the serious impacts wild dogs have and the treatment options available.
“A community that is aware of impacts and outcomes can make an informed decision to support actions and advice from council as well as undertake their own methods to arrest this issue,” she said.
“If the community desires long term a sustainable, green and diverse and safe place to live then we are best to do this together as a cohesive community.
“Council is looking at long-term programs that deliver real outcomes over time and undertake work in areas that yields best results for the community and landowners most affected by wild dog impacts. As new tools and products are researched and introduced we will use these to best advantage.”
Cr McKay said generally hinterland areas had 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.