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Autumn baiting program successfully carried out but more work to be done

Western Local Land Services has completed its autumn wild dog baiting program which it coordinated in conjunction with 15 Landcare and pest animal control groups.

The program, which used both ground and aerial baiting, was carried out from mid-April to mid-May and resulted in 161,000 baits being issued across the Western region with 317 properties involved in ground baiting and 110 properties involved in aerial baiting.

While the numbers demonstrate the incredible amount of work, planning and coordination that is involved in the program from both Western Local Land Services staff and landholders, there is still work to be done to achieve the best outcome in the management of wild dogs and more widely, pest animals.

Some of the activities landholders and community members should now be undertaking include:

  • using motion sensor surveillance cameras
  • ensuring information gets entered into the feral scan community website
  • trapping on your property and throughout local community
  • joining a Landcare or pest animal control group if not currently a member or inviting your neighbours and/or friends to join your group.

Western Local Land Services Team Leader – Biosecurity, Tim Wall thanked the landholders for their assistance in carrying out this program.

“The work of all the groups around the Western region make this task possible and this program is vital to the management of wild dogs,” Mr Wall said.

“I can’t encourage landholders and community members strongly enough to ensure they are involved in a group.

"There are financial benefits from being incorporated into a group, as well as a range of other support.

“If there isn’t a group in your area, contact Western Local Land Services and we can assist with the resources to get one established.”

Landholders looking to get more information regarding pest animal control groups in their local areas should contact Western Local Land Services or Mr Wall on 0428 915 070.

Media contact:
Charlie Whiteley, Western Local Land Services, 0428 679 974.