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AERIAL BAITING RETURNS TO MANNING GREAT LAKES

For the first time in more than 10 years, an aerial baiting program has been undertaken in the Manning Great Lakes region, targeting wild dogs and foxes.

8,400 baits were dropped in the Upper Manning district during the week-long program undertaken in late November.

Hunter Local Land Services Senior Biosecurity Officer Peter Fotheringham said having a committed group of landholders helped build momentum for the program.

“It’s the first time in 10 years we have used a helicopter to distribute baits in this district, and the first time ever it’s happened during spring” said Peter.

“It was made possible by the 12 landholders wanting to undertake this program to control wild dogs in their area.

“Aerial baiting is just one strategic measure being utilised by landholders and Hunter Local Land Services, under localised strategic Wild Dog Management Plans.

Other initiatives including shooting and trapping has led to 78 wild dogs being culled across the Bulahdelah district alone this year, taking the three year tally to 304 wild dogs in this area.

“With an increasing number of local landholders running a diverse range of livestock including sheep and goats, it’s also important to think about other measures producers can use to protect their stock such as appropriate exclusion fencing and installing trail cameras,” said Peter.

“We need producers to report sightings and any incidents involving wild dogs so we can enhance our strategic control programs to target these hotspots.

“Hunter Local Land Services is keen to continue working with local producers and Wild Dog Associations, to ensure we are providing support and strategic assistance in these districts.”

Wild dog sightings and incidents can be reported to your nearest biosecurity officer on 1300 795 299, or by using FeralScan online by visiting: https://www.feralscan.org.au/