Community meeting to tackle wild dogs in the Macleay

Controlling wild dogs will be on the agenda at the March 23 community meeting at Gladstone

Controlling wild dogs will be on the agenda at the March 23 community meeting at Gladstone

NORTH Coast Local Land Services invites all interested landholders in the Lower Macleay to attend a meeting to discuss the coordination of wild dog control programs in the district.

The meeting will be held at Gladstone Community Hall on Thursday March 23 and will start at 7pm.

Wild dog control in NSW is legislated by the Local Land Services Act 2013, which requires owners and occupiers of land to eradicate, continuously suppress or destroy wild dogs that are on their property.

Wild dogs are considered a serious pest in Australia, attacking livestock and native animals, potentially spreading diseases and threatening human health, safety and well-being. Wild dog attacks on livestock and pets, lethal or otherwise, also cause emotional distress to landholders.

“We work collaboratively with local landholders and it’s important that everyone has the opportunity to learn how to manage the problem and also to provide input into options and strategies for local wild dog management and control,” biosecurity officer Michael Thorman said.

“Wild dog control is more effective when neighbours collaborate on baiting, trapping and shooting programs and we’ll discuss ways to coordinate efforts with others.

“When neighbours agree to coordinate their activity, we can work with those local landholder groups to develop Local Wild Dog Management Plans, ensuring control is more effective.”

Guest speaker at the meeting will be Greg Mifsud, National Wild Dog facilitator.

“Experience through the National Wild Dog Action Plan has shown that community input and effort is vital in achieving effective wild dog management programs,” Mr Mifsud said.

“This is a great opportunity for the landholders in the Lower Macleay area to get together and commence planning for this year’s coordinated baiting programs so come along and see how you can work with your neighbours, public land managers and North Coast Local Land Services to manage the wild dog problem in your local area.”

For more information and to register your attendance, contact North Coast Local Land Services on 6563 6700.

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