Landholders urged to get involved in wild dog collaring

Landholders urged to get involved in wild dog collaring project

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Wild dog collaring work began in March off the back of the highly successful Western Tracks project. File photo

Wild dog collaring work began in March off the back of the highly successful Western Tracks project. File photo

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It is hoped the same number of wild dogs will be tagged by the end of the year.

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Western Local Land Services is calling for landholders to get involved in a wild dog collaring program that has so far been unable to place a GPS tracker onto the pest.

Wild dog collaring work began in March off the back of the highly successful Western Tracks project which monitored the behaviour and movements of feral pigs.

The project area covered around one million hectares between Tilpa, Louth, Wanaaring, White Cliffs and north of Wilcannia with 30 feral pigs fitted and released.

It is hoped the same number of wild dogs will be tagged by the end of the year but on March 22 the tally sat at zero.

Landholders, pest management and Landcare groups, the NSW Farmers Wild Dog Coordinator, NSW Department of Primary Industries and Western Local Land Services are working collaboratively to deliver the project that has been driven by local landholders.

Minister for Agriculture and Western NSW, Adam Marshall, said he wanted to see the same success the Western Tracks Collaring program brought to knocking down feral pigs taken to their other four-legged friends.

"Feral pigs are one of our most wide-spread pests, but not until now have we ever had this level of scrutiny over them and access to the kind of data we need to target them," he said.

"Now that we've expanded the program to the collaring of wild dogs, we need your help.

"Please, get involved by getting in contact with Western LLS.

"Wild dogs cause more than $25 million in damage and lost production in NSW every year which simply isn't good enough."

Landholders are encouraged to report wild dog sightings and wild dog sign to their local Western Local Land Services biosecurity officer via 1300 795 299 or www.lls.nsw.gov.au.

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