Fund would give study real bite

Countryman - - NEWS - Zach Relph

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.”

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