Wild dogs on the Tweed coast are an increasing menace and the local community is being urged to get involved in workshops next week to do something about it.
While feral dogs and foxes are more prevalent in inland areas of the Tweed, especially forests and national parks, they have become a problem for landowners and farmers along the coast.
Tweed Shire Council, the Livestock Health and Pest Authority and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service are working together to control the wild animals on the Tweed coast.
A meeting will be held on Monday, 27 May, at Cabarita Beach Bowls and Sports Club on Cabarita Road, Bogangar, to provide information to landholders on the feral dog and fox control project, and to explain the benefits of neighbours working collectively to do 1080 baiting to control these feral animals.
Council’s natural resources pest management officer Tanya Fountain said the three authorities were looking for landholders within the project area that would like to participate in group baiting programs.
Ms Fountain said ‘all the science points towards group baiting projects being the most effective in controlling the impacts of feral dogs and foxes, and we would really like to work with our neighbours in undertaking this style of management on the Tweed coast’.
Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA) rangers Neil Hing and Dean Chamberlain will provide information on the services LHPA will provide to this project, as well as information on the impacts of feral dog and foxes and best-practice control methods.
Ms Fountain will provide information about the collaborative project, feral dog and fox monitoring on council bushland, and control options.
She said effective pest-animal control required input from all stakeholders to provide the best outcomes for agriculture and the environment, and community participation was vital to help reduce wild dog and fox numbers on the Tweed coast.
For more information on the project contact Ms Fountain on 6670 2587 or [email protected].
For information on how the LHPA can help you control pest animals on your property contact Mr Hing on 6621 2317 or [email protected].