LLS, landholders carry out wild dog baiting program in western NSW

Pest control: Western Local Land Services Biosecurity Officer, Brooke Anderson. Photo: Supplied.

Pest control: Western Local Land Services Biosecurity Officer, Brooke Anderson. Photo: Supplied.

A joint effort approach between landholders and pest management groups has allowed for the successful delivery of a coordinated baiting program across western NSW.

Over 140,000 baits were distributed over a two-month period from March to May, with landholders placing baits over a combined area of over 7,500,000 hectares, and baits distributed aerially over 4800 kilometres of bait lines.

The participating landholders are members of 17 pest management groups and Western Landcare NSW groups.

Western Local Land Services Biosecurity Officer, Brooke Anderson said they work with landholders to strategically target areas where there are reports of wild dog activity.

"Through the program, known hot spots are targeted to reduce the impact of problem dogs on the land, livestock and livelihood of landholders in the western region," she said.

"The NSW Border Wild Dog Fence also helps to reduce hot spot areas of wild dog activity. Once the extension of the NSW Border Wild Dog Fence is complete, livestock will be further protected from wild dogs."

A total of 123 properties were involved in aerial baiting and 250 properties were involved in ground baiting during the two month period.

Ms Anderson said there will be another baiting program in spring, for which the planning for has already commenced.

"Each year Western LLS coordinates two seasonal baiting programs for the control of wild dogs, the first in autumn and the second in spring," she explained.

"The spring campaign is scheduled to be carried out in September and October this year."

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