Falling dog bounty irks graziers
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.