Wild dog bat­ing works for Bur­nett

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

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.”

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