The Marshall Government has contracted seven wild dog trappers, with the first trapper already on the ground, as part of the Government’s $1.4 million wild dog program.
Minister for Primary Industries Tim Whetstone said the Marshall Government was taking action to protect South Australia’s $4.7 billion livestock industries which supports thousands of regional jobs.
“For far too long there has not been enough done to tackle the wild dog problem here in South Australia,” said Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone.
“That’s why the Marshall Government has invested $1.4 million into a wild dog control program that was underway well within 100 days of taking office.
“This is one of South Australia’s largest ever coordinated attacks on wild dogs and I’m confident this work will substantially reduce the impact of these pests on our $1.9 billion sheep industry.
“We want to help protect the livelihood of our livestock farmers and the thousands of jobs they support around South Australia.
“Visiting the Far West Dog Fence Board Association last week further highlighted the importance of these control measures and the need for trappers on the ground.”
The seven wild dog trappers, amounting to two FTEs, are part of the wild dog control program that has seen more than 25,000 baits covering 31 properties dropped from a plane inside the dog fence between Coober Pedy and the New South Wales border last week.
Trappers will be allocated to support land managers affected by wild dogs south of the Dog Fence in wild dog hot spots and could involve more than two trappers working concurrently.
As part of the control program, each land manager will need to meet selection criteria including appropriate baiting within the last six months and show evidence that wild dogs still remain on their property.
“Coordinated baiting supported by trappers is the only way we will substantially reduce the impacts of wild dogs, increase the productivity of our sheep industry, and most importantly, improve the lives of all pastoralists,” said Minister Whetstone.
“As wild dogs don't respect borders we are very pleased that pastoralists in western New South Wales are supporting South Australia’s coordinated program, with landholders in the south-west corner of New South Wales set to carry out another round of ground baiting of their own.”
The State Government is also currently offering a one-off allocation of free baits to all pastoral land managers with the support of Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), the NRM Boards and the Department of Environment and Water.