Fall­ing dog bounty irks gra­ziers

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A DEL­E­GA­TION of landown­ers from the Drill­ham and Du­lacca area has met with Western Downs Re­gional Coun­cil to voice their con­cern about the es­ca­lat­ing wild dog prob­lem in the re­gion.

The gra­ziers, in­clud­ing Robyn Nixon, said they were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the dev­as­ta­tion of wild dog at­tacks on young live­stock all too of­ten.

As part of its 2014–15 budget changes, the coun­cil planned to slash its wild dog bounty from $105 to $50 and em­ploy a sec­ond full-time dog trap­per in­stead.

Mrs Nixon ar­gued that plan would make trap­ping un­eco­nom­i­cal for part-time trap­pers and pro­posed a plan where se­lect trap­pers could be reg­is­tered with the coun­cil to be el­i­gi­ble to claim a higher bounty for dog scalps.

“We told them we didn’t think an over­all trap­per for the re­gion could do the job the lo­cal guys do,” she said.

Mayor Ray Brown said the coun­cil was wait­ing for an in­ter­nal wild dog strat­egy re­port to help it fi­nalise plans but it was open to the del­e­ga­tion’s pro­posal.

He also en­cour­aged landown­ers to con­sider form­ing “syn­di­cates” which would com­bine re­sources to top up the coun­cil bounty pay­ments to trap­pers.

But he stressed that, ul­ti­mately, the re­spon­si­bil­ity for wild dog con­trol rested with landown­ers, ac­cord­ing to govern­ment leg­is­la­tion.

“Our ex­pen­di­ture is about $400,000 a year, that is a huge cost,” he said.

“There has got to be a big, co-or­di­nated ef­fort by landown­ers.”

Cr Brown said he was set to meet with Queens­land Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture John McVeigh in the next week to dis­cuss pest man­age­ment.

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