"Progression” in the battle against wild dogs, but more needs to be done, says Macleay Valley farmer

Dangerous dog: A Macleay Valley farmer wants to see wild dog populations in National Parks and Crown Land tackled in a 1080 baiting program.

Dangerous dog: A Macleay Valley farmer wants to see wild dog populations in National Parks and Crown Land tackled in a 1080 baiting program.

A Macleay Valley farmer has praised a wild dog baiting program being organised by North Coast Local Land Services, but urged for it to be fast-tracked, as “there’s still no actual baits in the ground".

Verges Creek farmer Troy Irwin said “there’s definitely been some progression” in the battle against wild dogs, but more needed to be done. 

“Reactive baiting is a big part of it, but the actual dogs in Crown Land and National Parks have to be targeted,” he said. 

He said that blanket baiting had to be consistent to effectively damage wild dog populations. 

The 1080 bait program will get underway from Monday, May 8 and is designed to reduce the impact of wild dogs on agricultural livestock, domestic and native animals. 

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