SA Arid Lands Wild Dog News

Biteback Update

Ground Baiting 1 July – 1 December 2018

61 land managers (31%) south of the Dog Fence attended coordinated injection services this spring.

This was 16 less than the spring period in 2017 and was also the lowest attendance at a spring coordinated injection service since 2015.

It is hoped that attendance will increase significantly for the next round of injection services in early 2019.

A total of 54,074 baits were distributed to land managers south of the dog fence during the first half of 2018 (9,003 less baits compared to the same period in 2017).

An additional 94,250 free manufactured baits were distributed to land managers in the SAAL Region (south of the dog fence). These baits were purchased by PIRSA to help land managers reduce wild dog numbers prior to the commencement of the Government managed Trapper program.

Monitoring 1 January – 30 June 2018

83 land managers (42%) returned maps for their properties south of the Dog Fence for the first half (autumn) of 2018. This was 24 less than the same period in 2017.

Please remember that this information is vital for the program to determine where extra wild dog control efforts are needed.

Data collected from returned maps in autumn 2018 (South of the dog fence)

    Shot        Trapped         Seen         Stock Losses   
228 167  94 1303

 

Maps for 2019

New property maps (for the first half of 2019) will be mailed to SA Arid Lands properties in mid-January 2019.

Please return your current maps (for the second half of 2018) once your new one arrives.

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.

Autumn Injection Service Dates

Proposed dates have been developed for the 2019 Autumn Injection Services. Official invites will be sent by email around 5-6 weeks before each service.

* North Flinders District: 4-8 March 2019.

* North East Pastoral District: 19 – 22 March 2019.

Kingoonya/Gawler Ranges Districts: 8 – 16 April 2019.

Note: These dates are subject to change based on other commitments. 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.

Trapper News

Wild dog trappers have removed 60 wild dogs from 22 properties south of the Dog Fence since the State Government’s Wild Dog Trapping Program got underway in July.

In nine separate deployments, 830 hours of trapping, 11 hours of bait laying and 50 hours of shooting have taken place. In addition, 204 hours of training has been delivered by the trappers to land managers and their staff.

The Wild Dog Trapping Program is a four year, $1.2m program, funded in a partnership between the State Government, the sheep industry and four wild dog affected NRM Boards, including the SA Arid Lands NRM Board.

It is designed to provide land managers with professional wild dog trapping services to help them reduce wild dog impacts on their properties, south of the Dog Fence.

State Wild Dog Coordinator Marty Bower said the true measure of success of the program was not just in the number of animals controlled, but in the reduction of impacts from wild dogs experienced by producers.

“The reports coming through from land managers are showing a marked reduction in the localised impacts of wild dogs,” he said.

“To have these results within the first five months of a four year program is very encouraging.

“The training the trappers are providing to land managers and their staff in particular is really adding value to the program. A trapper isn’t always going to be able to drop everything to head straight to a property to deal with a dog causing problems, so upskilling land managers to take action themselves when the need arises is a great outcome.”

While baiting is the most cost and labour efficient control tool available to control wild dogs, to be eligible to receive the assistance of a trapper under the program a property must, in the last six months, have carried out baiting in line with the SA Arid Lands NRM Best Practice Guidelines for Wild Dog Control.

Anyone interested in applying for a trapper can find more information at www.pir.sa.gov.au/trappers or by contacting the State Wild Dog Coordinator, Marty Bower on 0419 835 120.

Subsidised Manufactured Baits

Subsidised price manufactured baits are still available to properties located in the SA Arid Lands region.

Anyone interested in purchasing manufactured baits at the subsidised price should call: Chris Havelberg – Wild Dog Project Officer 86485 962 or 0458 566 536 chris.havelberg@sa.gov.au or Marty Bower- State Wild Dog Coordinator 86485 986 or 0419 835 120 marty.bower@sa.gov.au