Northern Tablelands Local Land Services 2017 wild dog baiting campaign

GAINING GROUND: Perry Newman, Northern Tablelands Local Land Services biosecurity officer, prepares meat baits for wild dog aerial baiting.

GAINING GROUND: Perry Newman, Northern Tablelands Local Land Services biosecurity officer, prepares meat baits for wild dog aerial baiting.

Almost 128,000 baits injected with 1080 poison have been dropped across the Northern Tablelands in the 2017 autumn aerial baiting campaign targeting wild dogs. 

“In recent years landholder and inter-agency support has continued to gain momentum and this year was the biggest baiting program we’ve ever undertaken through Northern Tablelands Local Land Services,” LLS invasive species team leader, Mark Tarrant said.

In addition to the aerial baiting, more than 10,000 ground baits were distributed by landholders from 26 wild dog control groups as part of the coordinated campaign.

“We’ve had excellent cooperation from around 450 dedicated local landholders who took part in the project, which included three new baiting groups who came on board at Tenterden, Atholwood and Koreelah,” Mr Tarrant said.

The Australian Wool Innovation funded Wild Dog Facilitator also assisted with the program, acting as flight navigator for the second year and providing real time feedback to Local Land Services and landholders regarding the ground conditions of the bait trails.

“Working with landholders, NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service and the NSW Forestry Corporation, our combined efforts in 2017 will make a real impact on the wild dog population that threatens both livestock and native fauna,” Mr Tarrant said.

For more information about the wild dog baiting campaign contact Mr Tarrant on 0427 007 183.

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