Biteback update August 2018

Ground Baiting (1 July 2017 – 30 June 2018)

  • A total of 130,952 baits were distributed to land managers south of the dog fence during the 2017/18 financial year (7,412 more baits compared to the previous year).
  • 104 land managers (52%) south of the Dog Fence attended coordinated injection services, which was 10 less than the previous financial year.

Aerial Baiting

  • 51,300 baits were distributed aerially over 96 properties in April 2018.
  • A further 25,000 baits were distributed across 31 properties in June 2018 as part of a supplementary aerial baiting program for properties reporting high impacts from wild dogs.

Monitoring (Calendar year 2017)

  • 126 land managers (63%) returned maps for their properties south of the Dog Fence for the 2017 calendar year. This was 2 less than the previous calendar year.

                      Data collected from returned maps 2017 (South of the dog fence)

Shot

Trapped

Seen

Stock Losses

230

356

238

3847

Maps for 2018

  • New maps for the next 6 month reporting period (July 1st – Des 31st 2018) have been either mailed directly, or sent out to land managers with their stock returns.
  • Please return your previous map (Jan 1st – June 31st 2018) in the self-addressed envelope supplied with the new map ASAP.
  • This information is used to guide wild dog control efforts in your area. If we do not receive information about wild dog activity on your property, we can only assume you are not experiencing any impacts.

Spring Injection Service Dates

Proposed dates have been developed for the 2018 Spring Injection Services. Official invites will be sent by email around 5 weeks before each service.

  • North Flinders District: 10-14 September 2018.
  • North East Pastoral District: 02-05 October 2018.
  • Kingoonya/Gawler Ranges Districts: 29 October – 6 November 2018.

Some extra days have been added for each district to accommodate for an expected increase in participation by land managers meeting the baiting levels outlined in the ‘Best Practice Guidelines for Wild Dog Control

New Drying Racks for each Coordinated Injection Service Site.

  • Each of the Coordinated Injection Service sites will be receiving new bait drying racks similar to the one shown in the photo below.
  • This project, funded by the Commonwealth Government will be the first step at developing these sites to accommodate more baits and will encourage better bait preparation techniques by land managers.
  • Each unit is completely portable and can be used as a standalone drying rack, or can be added to in the future if more funding becomes available.

The State Government, with financial support from the sheep industry, have committed $1.2 million over the next four years to fund wild dog trapping services.   Participating properties must meet certain criteria to receive the services of a trapper including carrying out baiting in accordance with SAAL’s Best Practice Guidelines for Wild Dog Control and committing property staff to personalised training with the trapper. Land managers interested in the service can find more information on the program on the PIRSA website or by contacting the State Wild Dog Coordinator, Marty Bower on 8648 5986.

To reduce wild dog numbers ahead of the trapping program an aerial baiting campaign targeting wild dog hotspots inside the Dog Fence, between Coober Pedy and the New South Wales border was carried out in mid-June.

In addition to the aerial baiting campaign, landholders in wild dog impacted areas inside the Dog Fence will be able to access FREE manufactured baits with around 94,250 baits available in the SAAL region. Arrangements for landholders to obtain the free baits can be made by contacting the Biteback team on 8648 5300 or by calling in at the Mackay Street office.