Trapper sights set on wild dogs

31 Mar, 2015 08:07 AM
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A professional dog trapper is one of the measures being carried out through the Biteback program south of the Dog Fence.
A professional dog trapper is one of the measures being carried out through the Biteback program south of the Dog Fence.

A PROFESSIONAL dog trapper has been engaged for properties south of the Dog Fence in the SA Arid Lands region.

The trapper is one of a range of measures being carried out through the Biteback program south of the Dog Fence to reduce wild dog numbers and minimise their movement to the Mid North, Murraylands and Eyre Peninsula.

Two Wild Dog Project Officers now offer bait injection services to land managers in the region, and co-ordinate the Local Area Planning Groups.

Environment Minister Ian Hunter said the trapper would be available for up to two weeks at a time to help property owners get on top of the problem.

Trapping workshops would also be held in mid-May to train land managers in best practice methods.

Mr Hunter said subsidised manufactured baits had been offered to managers while local area planning workshops were bringing land managers together to discuss wild dog control efforts.

"The workshops will review existing local area plans, determine the minimum control efforts for their group members, standardise bait preparation techniques, and establish reporting requirements for dog control inside the Dog Fence," he said.

"The on-ground measures complement Biosecurity SA’s aerial baiting program underway this week, which will see 50,000 baits distributed on a flight path of 10,000 kilometres covering 96 properties in the SAAL region."

Biteback is a six-year partnership between the SAAL Natural Resources Management Board, the South Australian Sheep Advisory Group, Australian Wool Innovation and the region’s land managers to tackle on-ground wild dog control south of the Dog Fence.

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