Warning: wild dogs back on the prowl
NATIONAL Parks and Wildlife and council authorities will commence a wild dog trapping program at Cudgen Nature Reserve following new wild dog sightings in the region, including at Casuarina.
The 1080 wild dog baiting program currently being conducted in the reserve has also been extended, until December 18.
Authorities said one dog was being targeted. It had been sighted near Casuarina, the sight of a fatal attack on a domestic pet kelpie in March this year.
At least three dogs were eradicated by trappers in an operation which required barricading parts of Casuarina, following the attacks.
Co-ordinator Nathan Oliver said signs would be located in areas where monitoring, 1080 baiting and trapping programs were undertaken in the reserve adjoining Crown lands at Cabarita Beach.
"A number of confirmed wild dog sightings in the Cudgen Nature Reserve alerted NPWS and council to the need to commence further control measures such as trapping in addition to the 1080 baiting program already underway in the area," Mr Oliver said.
Residents should keep domestic pets to designated pet exercise areas and avoid signed areas at all times. The trapping program will continue until December 18.
Report wild dog sightings in the area to Tweed Shire Council on 02 6670 2400 or to the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
For more information, contact the local NPWS Tweed Kyogle Area office on 02 6670 8600.