THE launch of the National Wild Dog Action program in July brought hope to producers struggling with the psychological and financial impacts of wild dog predation, but a collective approach is needed for real success according to project managers.
Visit your regional Targeting Wild Dogs page:
NSW: www.theland.com.au/wild_dogs WA: www.farmweekly.com.au/wild_dogs VIC: www.stockandland.com.au/wild_dogs SA: www.stockjournal.com.au/wild_dogs QLD: www.queenslandcountrylife.com.au/wild_dogs NQ: www.northqueenslandregister.com.au/wild_dogs
Control measures are only half the battle – recording and collating the data needed to effectively target the growing problem is a huge task. And that’s where we come in. In conjunction with the Invasive Animals Co-operative Research Centre (IA CRC), FarmOnline is launching an interactive campaign – Targeting Wild Dogs – so we can help take the fight to the front line.
Each week we’ll bring you updates from the field and help teach you how to use the resources developed by the IA CRC. But more importantly, we need more scouts to help improve eradication efforts by logging in to WildDogScan and reporting dog activity.
How you can help
Keep track of the Targeting Wild Dogs project online - click the 'feature' button shortcut on our home page or add /wild_dogs to your masthead url (see list above) Register at www.feralscan.org.au to report wild dog evidence, sightings or damage Send us your stories, feedback and ideas to boost the resource bank: email FarmOnline
WildDogScan gives producers the tools to take control of their own data collection and management programs, national wild dog facilitator Greg Mifsud said.
“It’s important to be involved in the reporting of dog sightings and incidents so people can become aware and local management programs can be targeted and more effective.”
With wild dogs incursions reported in southern areas where they’ve been absent for 100 years, producers losing up to 1000 sheep annually and the potential of a ‘wild dog wave’ to sweep across the country this year, the call to action has never been more urgent. It’s time we all pitched in to put the bite on wild dogs.