Wild Dog Control

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Wild dogs attack livestock, prey on native animals and spread disease. They are a problem in the Burdekin Dry Tropics, with an estimated cost of $33 million every year to Queensland’s rural industries alone.

The term wild dog refers collectively to pure-bred dingoes (Canis lupus dingo), domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) that have escaped and dingo/domestic dog hybrids. All wild dogs are declared Class 2 pest animals under the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002.

It is important to note that dingoes are recognised as native wildlife and are protected in some areas such as state forest land and national parks (refer to the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and Forestry Act 1959). Outside of these areas, a dingo is declared a noxious wild dog.

NQ Dry Tropics has produced a practical handbook with the help of senior zoologist Jim Mitchell to help control this pest.

For more information on managing wild dogs in the Burdekin Dry Tropics, contact the NQ Dry Tropics Regional Pest Management Officer by phone 07 4724 3544 or email info@nqdrytropics.com.au

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Wild dog control handbook

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