Hunt continues for killer wild dog on Tweed Coast

 One of the wild dogs captured by special cameras on the Tweed Coast. Photo Tweed Shire Council

One of the wild dogs captured by special cameras on the Tweed Coast. Photo Tweed Shire Council

A posse of armed rangers will continue their hunt around Cudgen Nature Reserve and adjoining beach areas today and tomorrow for a dangerous wild dog which has evaded trapping experts in the past week, and the public is warned to stay clear.

Areas of the reserve and accesses to nearby beaches at Casuarina and Cabarita have been closed for public safety while trapping and shooting is carried out by rangers from Tweed Shire Council, National Parks and Wildlife Service and North Coast Local Land Services.

The hunt follows the killing a few weeks ago of a small pet dog by a wild dog as its owners walked it near dunes in the area and the stalking of an elderly woman by a pack of wild dogs along the beach from Casuarina to Cabarita.

It’s also feared wild and domestic dogs which have gone feral will decimate the dwindling koala population of the reserve and surrounds.

To help the eradication program, the government agencies will enforce the closure  of beach accesses and vegetated areas between the southern end of Casuarina and the northern end of Bogangar/Cabarita Beach till 2pm Thursday, 2 April (see map).

Council’s director of community and natural resources, Tracey Stinson, said there was ‘real danger here and the public and their pets must stay out of this area while it is closed’.

A map showing the exclusion area between Casuarina and Cabarita Beach.

A map showing the exclusion area between Casuarina and Cabarita Beach.

‘Not only do we have a hungry and dangerous wild dog loose somewhere in this zone, you, your child or your dog could be caught in a trap if you enter in the next three days,’ Ms Stinson said.

‘Unfortunately, members of the public have ignored previous signage and warnings and continued to walk through and take their dogs into the exclusion zone where we have tried to catch the wild dogs.

‘We have now had to take the extreme measure of closing the area off completely while we catch the remaining wild dog, as the contracted trapper could not operate while members of the public ignored all warnings and continued to walk through the area.

‘We will have security guards at beach accesses around the clock, fences barring access and increased signage to make sure people stay away,’ Ms Stinson said.

The NPWS’ regional pest management officer, Lisa Wellman, said residents needed to remain vigilant about wild dogs in the area.

‘People need to keep their own animals away from the area and on a leash at all times. They should report any sightings of wild dogs to either the NPWS or Tweed Shire Council,’ Ms Wellman said.

Local Land Services spokesman, Neil Hing, said two wild dogs were caught recently in this area and a third remaining dog was believed to be still in the vicinity.

‘It is important that we trap this wild dog in the three-day closure period as Easter is coming and we want to be able to confidently open access to the beaches,’ Mr Hing said.

Access to the public will be restored on Thursday, 2 April, at 11am (NSW). For more information about the closure, call 02 6670 2400.

It is difficult to identify a wild dog based on appearance alone. Photo Tweed Shire Council

It is difficult to identify a wild dog based on appearance alone. Photo Tweed Shire Council

7 responses to “Hunt continues for killer wild dog on Tweed Coast”

  1. Ian Browne says:

    Please show some empathy as they are a beautiful animal. They have amazing characteristics and carry both Arabic and Asiatic wolf genes. In Darwin, they also attack and eat folk’s pets. We had a camp dog for 17 years and she portrayed dingo characteristics when young, like yipping instead of barking, a funny hopping motion, and nocturnal hunting, which was stopped. I feel sorry for folk who have had problems though and be careful with young kids. Otherwise we need to allow some wildflife to remain.

  2. Martin says:

    That’s a dingo. It’s propoganda to refer to them as Wild Dogs. Makes it more palatable to kill them. Dingoes (and for that matter dingo x) are necessary for a healthy, balanced ecosytem. No dingoes, things go out of whack. Humans need to learn to work with nature and not against it.

  3. Zac says:

    This is pure media beat up by the local council and NWPS to galvanise a negative image of so called ‘wild dogs’ which look to be and very well could be pure dingoes. I live in this area and have walked the bushland, both in the coastal scrub between the road and the beach and also the thicker bush inland of the road which has the irony to be called a nature reserve. The tiny hamlets of scrub between the road and the beach where these ‘dogs/dingoes!’ have been spotted are the only refuge from not only the traps of NWPS and council but the malignant scourge that is 1080 bait. The bushland across the road, which by the way IS prime dingo habitat with abundant food IS baited. We are no longer living in a backward post colonial society where nature is the enemy, so why do we the public support such a blatant attack on native wildlife and the health of our bushland? The dingo has been pricking scientists ears up both at home and worldwide for years now with its obvious role as the lynchpin balancing biodiversity in eco systems as the apex predato. Yet change towards a positive resolution between old mindset farmers that want a ‘quick fix’ rather then to adapt wiser and more balanced animal husbandry techniques, either out of ignorance or laziness, has only further delayed this blindingly obvious solution to the growing mammal extinction rate and negative balance in our eco systems. Dingoes much like the wolf in North America hold the key to this balance, The sooner we as a public learn this and advocate their position and basic right to exist, the sooner we will see the bush come back to its natural state of flourish and abundance.

  4. Scott says:

    Here’s my reading of this “news” report:

    We have been persecuting dingoes in this area for some time. Please help the incompetent ranger to wipe out the remaining examples of this threatened species by not entering the area with other animals that are equally killers and likely to be harmed by our persecution. They’re not killing live stock, nor have they attacked any of the residents or their pets, but we must exterminate them because they are some sort of menace to someone somewhere.

    Because we’re affairs of losing tourist dollars and exposing our mismanagement of the local environment, the traps and program will be ended on 2/4/15 just in time for the long weekend. Please note that there’s no guarantee we’ll have finished our extermination program, but it’ll be suddenly safe to enter the area. The risk to safety is not because of the dingoes, it’s because of the idiots toting guns, the traps and the poison we’ve been dumping to wipe out native animals.

    Best regards,

    NSW NPWS Marketing Team.
    Slogan: “Wiping it out today, so you don’t have to worry about it tomorrow”

  5. Trent says:

    In response to Zac, surely the apex predators are humans not dingoes. If dingoes were the apex predator they’d be killing us. Unfortunately human numbers are growing at an outrageous rate leaving little room for other species. Even the bits of leftover wild areas are not safe for wildlife because of the feral pests – cats/dogs (feral and domestic), foxes, cane toads, deer, as well as disease, which are all present because of the human influence.
    This area cordened off is what’s left of a ‘wild’ area which has been encroached upon by – who else – humans. Developers got hold of the area and Casuarina, ‘Cotton Beach’ and Salt were the result – as soon as that happened there was never going to much chance for wildlife remaining in the tiny pockets that were left. If one could come up with a way to halt our population explosion without going to war or succumbing to disease then there would be a much better chance for other species.

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