Wild dog populations out of control, with no relief in sight
THE wild dog population in the Northern Rivers is out of control, despite the efforts of Local Land Services, a Ballina feral pest controller says.
Mark Loosemore, who runs Australian Feral Pest Management Service, believes dog numbers are growing mostly unhindered, partially due to Local Land Services' limited funding.
He believes trapping wild dogs, instead of LLS' preferred method of baiting, offers a better chance at lowering wild dog numbers.
"Wild dog numbers continue to affect people on the Far North Coast and this will be the trend if landholders continue to do nothing," he said.
"Simply relying on LLS is doing nothing.
"The control methods used are inadequate, as trapping is rarely a method that is considered and is totally undervalued and underutilised."
Mr Loosemore said traps worked to control wild dogs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
"Any properly co-ordinated control program uses all available control methods, not just one or maybe two," he said.
"If landholders are serious about wild dogs they should contact a professional contractor."
Mr Loosemore, like Local Land Services, said wild dogs were found in almost every corner of the Northern Rivers.
Generally, wild dogs have a varying range of 400 to 100,000ha, depending on their environment, according to the Department of Primary Industries.
Mr Loosemore's directives follow a Northern Star article published on Wednesday, in which Local Land Services' Dean Chamberlain said wild dogs were entering populated areas, attacking dogs and livestock, to provide for growing pups.
He believed the wild dogs were mostly hybridised dingo crosses, but said occasionally domestic dogs returned to their wild roots.
Meanwhile, Facebook has hosted several local discussions about roaming wild dogs.
On Monday, a woman posted a warning about wild dogs in the Larnook area on Nimbin hook ups Facebook page.
Her post attracted more than 60 replies and numerous reports of wild dog activity.