Feedback sought on proposed changes to wild dog policy

Feedback sought on proposed changes to wild dog policy

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THE allowance of aerial baiting of wild dogs in all NRM regions within SA is among the proposed changes in wild dog management policy announced by the state government.

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THE allowance of aerial baiting of wild dogs in all NRM regions within SA is among the proposed changes in wild dog management policy announced by the state government.

The revised policy also proposes minimum baiting standards inside the Dog Fence and a declaration of wild dogs for eradication in a 35km buffer zone outside of the fence to reduce the number of dogs reaching the fence.

Acting Primary Industries and Regional Development Minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan said a revised wild dog management policy would ensure the right strategies were in place to pursue the eradication of wild dogs inside the fence.

"The Marshall Liberal Government is working with industry and the Federal Government and is determined to combine the once-in-a-generation $25 million rebuild of the dog fence and effective strategies to remove wild dogs from inside the fence," Mr van Holst Pellekaan said.

"Wild dogs rip nearly $89 million a year from the Australian economy as estimated by the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions. SA farmers reported losing more than 10,000 sheep to wild dogs in 2018 alone.

"Our government is focused on enhancing the management of wild dogs to support the growth of our $4.3 billion livestock sector.

"I encourage anyone with an interest in the management of wild dogs - pastoralists and livestock producers, other rangeland stakeholders - to comment on the draft policy and help us towards our goal of eradicating wild dogs inside the Dog Fence.

"This policy applies to dingoes and all other feral dogs which combined have a devastating impact on the livestock sector in SA."

Wild dogs are currently declared species required by law to be for eradicated inside the Dog Fence.

The main changes proposed include:

  • Requiring landholders to follow minimum baiting standards inside the Dog Fence.
  • Declaring wild dogs for control in a buffer zone of 35 kilometres outside the Dog Fence, including the fence that borders NSW.
  • Setting a baiting standard for the buffer zone.
  • Allowing aerial baiting of wild dogs in all NRM regions.

The draft revised policy has been developed by PIRSA in consultation with the South Australian Wild Dog Advisory Group, the Department of Environment and Water, Natural Resource Management boards and other industry and community stakeholders.

For more information on the proposed changes, visit www.yoursay.sa.gov.au/wild-dog-management

Feedback is open until 5pm, Friday April 17, 2020.

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