Roam­ing packs dec­i­mate wildlife

Wild dogs are mov­ing into Coast sub­urbs

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS - rachel.ver­[email protected]­s­coas­tad­vo­cate.com.au RACHEL VER­COE

SIT­TING on his porch in Boam­bee over­look­ing bush­land and an idyl­lic pad­dock, Wayne Duesbury use to en­joy see­ing na­tive wildlife on his prop­erty.

But af­ter a num­ber of wild dog sight­ings on his walks in the area, he’s come to no­tice the link be­tween the ap­pear­ance of one species and the dis­ap­pear­ance of an­other.

“I use to get two or three wal­la­bies ev­ery other morn­ing wan­der­ing around the back­yard. Walk­ing through the bush you’d see them on the trails or hear them bound­ing through the bush, but you don’t hear that any more,” Mr Duesbury said.

Wayne said he first saw a dog down the back of his place, which backs onto bush­land around five years ago.

With his prop­erty back­ing onto fire trails and bush­land near the rear of the Coffs Coast Waste Ser­vices, he has since spot­ted a large num­ber of dif­fer­ent wild dogs in­clud­ing two din­gos dur­ing his walks with his dog Jack.

“We were walk­ing up the trail one time, Jack went ahead and when I came around the cor­ner I saw this other dog pre­par­ing to at­tack him,” he said.

“I came run­ning up and this other dog was com­ing run­ning down the hill to­wards him, but as soon as it saw me it kept go­ing and the other dog backed off and headed into the bush.

The sight­ings have made Wayne cau­tious when walk­ing Jack in the bush and frus­trated by the im­pact they’ve had on na­tive an­i­mals.

“When I first moved in there were koalas, you’d hear them at night and oc­ca­sion­ally see them. Not any­more, they’re all gone.

“Only a month ago there was an­other dog. My dog went rac­ing up and it was in the bush bark­ing and growl­ing at him and then bolted.”

With sight­ings of wild dogs pop­ping up in res­i­den­tial and ru­ral ar­eas on the Coffs Coast, it’s im­por­tant to be aware of your safety and think about a wild dog ac­tion plan.

If you’ve seen wild dogs in your area, you can re­port it through Feral Scan, a free map­ping ser­vice used to help with feral pest con­trol in your lo­cal area.

For more in­for­ma­tion on how to cre­ate a wild dog man­age­ment plan, con­tact North Coast Lo­cal Land Ser­vices.

To see if any feral dogs have been spot­ted in your area, visit fer­alscan.org.au

WHEN WE STARTED SEE­ING THE DOGS, THE WAL­LA­BIES STOPPED COM­ING AND DIS­AP­PEARED – WAYNE DUESBURY

Photo: Rachel Ver­coe

BE ALERT: Wayne Duesbury has re­ported the rise of wild dogs in Boam­bee while out walk­ing his dog Jack.

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