Plan to beat wild dogs

26 Mar, 2003 10:00 PM
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THE wild dog problem in the state could be eradicated if an idea formulated by Detective Sergeant Jim Dabelstein from the Police Stock Investigation Unit comes to fruition.

Detective Sergeant Dabelstein said that in the wake of recent stories detailing dramatic increases in wild dog packs in pastoral regions, he had approached Aboriginal groups for help.

"We had a big discussion about the extent of the dog problem and I put it to a friend, an ex-police aid, that there might be some mileage in it for his people," he said.

Mr Dabelstein said that in his opinion the Aboriginals in the area still had the best knowledge of the land and the wildlife that lived on it and, as such, would make the most effective doggers.

"Sometimes Aboriginals are blamed for everything that goes wrong in an area, this is patently untrue but the fact remains, Aboriginals are often blamed anyway," he said.

"My way of thinking is that you can't fight this injustice with reason. If Aboriginal groups are seen to be doing a community service by getting rid of problem dogs, it can only help in the long run."

Mr Dabelstein said he had floated the idea with Aboriginal groups and had received a positive response.

"The blokes I have spoken to about this say it's a very good idea and seem to be all for it, we just have to work out the intricacies now and set the plan into action," he said.

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