Com­pli­cated wild dogs is­sue need­ing ‘lay­ered’ ap­proach

Pro­fes­sional trap­per calls for com­bi­na­tion of bait­ing and trap­ping to man­age pest pop­u­la­tions

Central and North Burnett Times - - THE FENCE POST - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

THE is­sue of wild dog man­age­ment in the North Burnett is not as sim­ple as orig­i­nally im­plied and Out N About Trap­ping and Out­fit­ters trap­per Dar­ren Poin­ton said the is­sue was multi-lay­ered.

Mr Poin­ton has worked for the North Burnett Re­gional Coun­cil in the past and is mostly called in as a fol­low up to bait­ing pro­grams or goes into ar­eas where bait can’t be used or they are hav­ing big is­sues.

“Bait­ing has been an on­go­ing project for years and will con­tinue to be into the fu­ture,” Mr Poin­ton said.

“My take on it is that there is no sil­ver bul­let; bait­ing will get some dogs and 1080 will work and has worked but it won’t be a full fix with­out com­bin­ing bait­ing and trap­ping or a va­ri­ety of con­trol meth­ods.”

Mr Poin­ton said he had seen peo­ple bait­ing reg­u­larly and still los­ing live­stock.

“Which is cost­ing the farm­ers a for­tune in lost live­stock,” Mr Poin­ton said.

“Any per­son that re­lies on just 1080 bait­ing will get a rude awak­en­ing.”

Prop­erty man­ager Roland Briggs agrees with Mr Poin­ton’s views.

“Los­ing calves is los­ing a lot of money which then can’t go back into the in­dus­try,” Mr Briggs said.

“Every­one thought that the 1080 was the magic bul­let so the let their con­trol mea­sures run down and now they can’t sus­tain the losses.”

Mr Poin­ton said on av­er­age he would take 300 plus dog scalps a year and it would take more than just boun­ties and bait­ing to man­age the wild dog pop­u­la­tion.

“It’s not about the bounty but about get­ting every­one to co­or­di­nate to­gether, whether that is a bait­ing pro­gram fol­lowed by pro­fes­sional trap­pers, there’s got to be a fine bal­ance.”

Mr Poin­ton said while bait­ing got some dogs it won’t get them all.

“I know peo­ple who put baits out and the dogs come along and sign post it, so that’s a dog that has fig­ured out what is go­ing on, prob­a­bly through poor prac­tise,” Mr Poin­ton said.

“It is the same as poor prac­tice set­ting traps in the ground, it has to be done cor­rectly.”

Mr Poin­ton said a com­bi­na­tion of the nor­mal con­trol mea­sures fol­lowed up with pro­fes­sional trap­pers will help pro­duc­ers get back on level ground in­stead of re­ly­ing solely on bait­ing.

He said the ab­sence of dogs on one prop­erty also did not in­di­cate an ab­sence of wild dogs in the area.

“The pop­u­la­tion den­si­ties can change at times, with a mob get­ting taken out in one area a new mob may move in which is what we call a vac­uum ef­fect,” Mr Poin­ton said.

“And if you just use bait it may not be that you have got the dogs away from the area but in­stead have bait shy dogs which are the ones we are called into take care of.”

Mr Poin­ton will con­tinue his work ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

COM­MU­NI­CA­TION AND ED­U­CA­TION: A pro­fes­sional trap­per demon­strat­ing the right way to set a tarp on the ground.

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