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Big year ahead for Manning Great Lakes wild dog control programs

Hunter Local Land Services is working with landholders in the Manning and Great Lakes region to help control wild dogs. More than 40 targeted baiting and control programs are planned for 2018, working with more than 25 groups from Bulahdelah to Curricabark, Stroud to Hannamvale and many districts in between.

The programs run from early autumn, through winter and into spring. Landholders are being urged to join their nearest control programs, as Hunter Local Land Services biosecurity team assists primary producers and public landholders to meet their general biosecurity duty by controlling pest species.

Group baiting programs are becoming increasingly popular as landholders discover the benefits of working across tenure, using best practice control measures.

Senior Biosecurity Officer Peter Fotheringham said there is still plenty of time for landholders to join in.

“Coordinated large scale, across tenure control utilising the broad range of available tools delivers the best knock down in wild dog population numbers, however ongoing action is required to maintain lower levels of predation,” said Peter Fotheringham, Hunter Local Land Services Senior Biosecurity Officer.

“The spring and autumn baiting programs target wild dogs during their peak seasons - when wild dogs are mating or educating their young.

“We are urging landholders to contact our biosecurity team, so we can help them plan the best approach for controlling wild dogs on their property.”

Chair of the Bulahdelah and District Wild Dog Control Group, Art Brown said a pre-emptive, across tenure approach is leading to an increased number of dogs being controlled in the Bulahdelah area.

103 dogs have been culled this year focusing on the autumn and spring control programs.

“We are covering an area of 100,000 hectares, where 65 per cent of the land is managed public reserves, so it is critical we work with both private land managers and other agencies including Forestry, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Landcare and Mid Coast Council to get the best results.”

Hunter Local Land Services also runs free 1080 short training courses that provides eligible landholders with a five year accreditation to use the pesticide.

Landholders wishing to join the 2018 programs in the Great Lakes or Gloucester areas should contact Biosecurity Officer Laurie Mullen on 0407785007.

Landholders wanting to take part in the Lower or Upper Manning areas should contact Senior Biosecurity Officer Peter Fotheringham on 0409034557.

Media contact: Penny Evans, Hunter Local Land Services, 0417413026