Fund would give study real bite
Central Wheatbelt Biosecurity Association chief executive Linda Vernon says a new wild dog research fund could prove pivotal in distinguishing effective bait usage to control the canine.
Countryman revealed last week the McGowan Government would establish an $800,000 wild dog research and development fund to minimise the savage pest scourge.
Of the money, $400,000 will be available to organisations to fund wild dog research developments, with successful applicants able to secure up to $150,000 each.
Mrs Vernon said the funds would bolster wild dog control, while citing a research opportunity to determine effective bait usage.
“An area we would like to work on is bait uptake by wild dogs to look at the effectiveness of different bait types available to landholders,” she said.
Mrs Vernon also said there was scope to research whether technology-based deterrents, such as warning sounds, would be used to control wild dog movements.
“We are investigating research partners to undertake this work,” she said
“The technical deterrent could be put in a hot spot area where attacks have occurred to act as a device to scare dogs off.”