Wild dog control facts behind the strategies


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The following information provides background to how strategies for controlling wild dogs1 have been developed over the years, not just in Western Australia, but also other parts of Australia. It is based on scientific studies, including detailed evaluations of techniques and strategies, and also considerable practical experience from doggers, operational staff, and landholders. This publication focuses on sheep enterprises, which are at the highest risk of wild dog predation. Although the effects of wild dogs on cattle can also be significant and widespread, wild dogs are easier to control in cattle areas. A general population reduction of wild dogs, such as achieved by periodic aerial baiting, is usually highly effective in minimising losses to cattle. In sheep areas, however, it is necessary to aim for local eradication of wild dogs. This requires an intensive, ongoing control effort using all available techniques. The principles outlined apply equally to rangeland and farming areas.

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