Workshops roll out to tackle wild dog problem

Workshops roll out to tackle wild dog problem

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A number of workshops are being rolled out across the state to provide pastoralists and landholders with skills to monitor and trap wild dogs, which pose a significant threat to SA's $4.3 billion livestock industry.

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A number of workshops are being rolled out across the state to provide pastoralists and landholders with skills to monitor and trap wild dogs, which pose a significant threat to SA's $4.3 billion livestock industry.

The workshops, presented by skilled trappers, are being run in addition to the State Government's $1.2 million trapping program aimed at reducing wild dog numbers.

Primary Industries Minister Tim Whetstone said the workshops were a practical way to upskill and support producers.

"Participants will be on site for two nights (at Copley and Yunta), with professional trappers passing on the practical skills of trapping, as well as information on wild dog behaviour, trap maintenance, legislation and regulations relating to wild dog trapping, and health and safety," he said.

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Two workshops - one between Burra and Morgan, and the other at Peterborough - will run for one day, and are free to attend.

Livestock SA president Joe Keynes encouraged anyone affected by the wild dog program to attend the workshops.

"The chance to learn hands-on from professional trappers is not one to be missed, to protect your livestock and your land," he said.

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"Control of wild dogs is most effective when baiting, shooting and trapping are used as part of an integrated control program, and trapping is particularly useful for targeting dogs that avoid baits."

Workshop participants will be provided with trapping kits to take home.

Dates for the workshops are as follows:

  • September 22-24: 2.5 day workshop, Copley
  • September 25-27: 2.5 day workshop, Yunta
  • September 30: One day workshop between Burra and Morgan
  • October 2: One day workshop, Peterborough

Details: pir.sa.gov.au/wild-dog-workshops

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