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Wild dog and fox trapping workshop

Controlling and managing wild dog and foxes was the focus of an intensive workshop for Aboriginal land managers held in Williamtown last week.

Almost 20 Aboriginal land managers, Aboriginal Land Councils (LALCs) and traditional owner representatives attended the three-day introductory workshop, delivered by Hunter Local Land Services (LLS).

The workshop focussed on teaching Aboriginal land managers an effective method to control and suppress wild dog and fox populations - a key priority for Hunter LLS - while also building the skills and capacity of land management teams and traditional owners in the region.

'This was the first time Aboriginal land managers in the Hunter Region have had the opportunity to attend a trapping school,' said LLS Land Services Officer, Toby Whaleboat.

'Many Aboriginal land managers, land management teams and owners in the region manage large patches of land and invasive wild animals exist on these properties. This can create havoc for neighbouring properties, such as farms with livestock,' Mr Whaleboat said.

Participants learnt about control methods and technologies. They learnt how to identify signs and evidence of wild dogs, and how to prepare, set and camouflage traps.

'We are aiming to build the capacity of our Aboriginal community and land management teams. We want to utilise and develop the skills of Aboriginal land managers and upskill them so that they can build solid career paths.'

'It was a great opportunity for land managers to gain confidence and new skills in controlling wild dog and foxes on their land.'

The workshop was held at Murrook Cultural Centre from 10-12 December.

Contact: Jillian Ayre - 02 4938 4932.