Wild dog problem to be tamed

A TIGHTER leash will be put on wild dogs after the formation of the Southern Downs Wild Dog Management Advisory Group – the first of its kind in south-east Queensland.

The Southern Downs Regional Council established the group with community members this week, thereby fulfilling their third promise in a bid to control wild dogs.

The group comprises local primary producers, as well as representatives from Queensland Parks and Wildlife, Biosecurity Queensland and council.

Cr Cameron Gow said it was good to see council, the State Government and the community working together.

“This is another step in our response to calls from primary producers to ramp up the campaign against wild dogs in the region,” he said.

“Council made three promises – to increase the wild dog bounty, to stock and provide 1080 poison (used for wild dog bating program) at council and to form a community based advisory committee to the Council Pest Management Group.”

Council quickly increased the wild dog bounty from $50 to $100 and began stocking 1080 poison last year.

Sheep and cattle producer Ben Cory was elected chair of the group.

Council’s next co-ordinated baiting program is in Stanthorpe August 31 and Warwick September 1-2.



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