Wild dog bating works for Burnett
THE North Burnett Regional Council will make no immediate changes to wild dog control measures.
But experts have recommended the $3,500 set aside for the $20 wild dog scalp bounty could be used to educate landholders on practices like 1080 baiting.
An extensive report said the pursuit of wild dogs was ineffective and a waste of valuable resources.
North Burnett Regional Council CEO Mark Pitt said there was always a risk the scalping program could create a financially viable industry that went against the program’s aim.
The council recommendation on the wild dog management report is to maintain the current scalp bounty price of $20 before considering a reduction to zero and redirecting resources to community awareness.
Owner and operator of the Clearlands property Terry Cleary said the 1080 baiting program outlined by council had the desired effect on his property.
“We’ve had the 1080 bating program the last few years coordinated by council and have had no problem with wild dogs in that time,” Mr Cleary said. “Haven’t even seen one.” Council supplies and injects the 1080 poison into meat supplied by the land owner at no extra cost.
Mr Cleary said the1080 program had been effective for him.
“I think baiting is better more so over shooting and the more people that bait the less hiding spots the dogs will have,” Mr Cleary said.
“If there are dogs around your property just bait them and there is no problem, simple as that.”