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Landholders urged to report wild dog sightings

Central West Local Land Services are seeking assistance from landholders and the broader community in the fight against wild dogs in the region by continuing to report sightings.

The call out is a result of increased reports of activity over the past six months in the Tottenham and Condobolin vicinities.

Central West Local Land Services Biosecurity Support Officer Michelle Whiley said that receiving reports ensures that appropriate targeting and management is conducted.

“Reports also help to minimise the establishment of wild dog populations in the local area through early intervention.” Michelle said.

Regional Biosecurity Officers have also been assisting producers from eastern parts of the region who have reported stock loss as a result of wild dog attacks with monitoring, trapping and baiting activities.

A wild dog is the term given to all wild-living dogs: dingoes, feral domestic dogs and the hybrid descendants of these (all of which are currently considered to be Canis familiaris).

“Wild dogs generally live in small packs, meaning reports of a single dog can be an indication of further presence.”

Generally active around dawn and dusk, wild dogs are known to prey on small native wildlife, kangaroos and wallabies, feral goats, pigs and rabbits and if in their home range, domestic livestock.

Motion cameras can assist with confirmation of presence however once confirmed control is best achieved through co-ordinated group activities.

There have been two recent reported sightings in the Tottenham/ Condobolin areas, with one resulting in a confirmed cull; however investigations don’t end with control.

DNA sampling is conducted to determine dingo descendancy and genetic connection to known wild dog populations.

“The findings from these samples can help us figure out the origin of incursions and put predictive monitoring in place.”

Other planned efforts include partnering with neighbouring Local Land Services regions and producer groups to conduct targeted aerial baiting.

If you see a wild dog, help implement effective control measures by reporting it to your closest Local Land Services Biosecurity Officer on 1300 795 299

For further information on wild dogs, visit www.centralwest.lls.nsw.gov.au.

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Media contact: Fiona Townsend, 0428 284 252 or Fiona.townsend@lls.nsw.gov.au