Wild dog packs terrorise residents
KATY Stewart used to be able to walk through the forest backing onto her property at The Pocket and see wallabies and other native animals.
These days the natives are gone and that short walk would put her at risk of being attacked by one of up to eight packs of feral dogs terrorising the region.
Residents say the packs – some numbering up to 13 dogs – are devastating local wildlife and killing stock, working dogs and pets. The packs of feral dingo-Alsatian crosses have also been known to attack people and are said to, at one point, have surrounded and terrorised a boy waiting at a bus stop at Main Arm.
The dogs are able to avoid baits and traps and cover an area stretching from Goonengerry in the south up to Burringbar in the north, and residents have had enough.
Ms Stewart said the dogs were smart and they liked to kill.
Ms Stewart said one friend of hers had watched a pack chase down a wallaby using sophisticated tactics before tearing it apart and abandoning its carcass. The dogs used a relay system, where one dog would chase the wallaby for as long as it could. When it tired, another dog would take over the chase until the wallaby collapsed.
Another resident at The Pocket, Merlene Gibson, said she had been forced to clear part of her property so she could see the dogs coming if they attacked while she was hanging out her washing.
Ms Gibson said the bush around her property had become a favourite breeding site for the dogs, making them intensely territorial and dangerous.