Victoria’s community-based wild dog control featured in new video

Sheep Central, February 11, 2019

THE multi-tool community focus of wild dog control in Victoria has been highlighted in a new video released by National Wild Dog Action Plan stakeholders.

The video clip features interviews with landowners, community co-ordinators and government staff talking about what works to give positive results.

National wild dog management co-ordinator Greg Mifsud, said Victoria is at the forefront of implementing integrated wild dog management and the video explained how co-ordinated community dog control works.

“We can see that the principles of the National Wild Dog Action Plan have been put in place.

“Victoria is a great example of how integrated, multi-tool wild dog control can work, He said.

Mr Mifsud said he very pleased to announce the video’s release in conjunction with Australian Wool Innovation and the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning.

Victoria’s community wild dog control co-ordinators such as Hume region’s Lucy-Anne Cobby, based in Wodonga, are responsible for helping engage with community members who have suffered from predation by wild dogs and giving them an understanding of the full toolkit for wild dog control measures.

Ms Cobby said the co-ordinators worked to connect people who are suffering from wild dog predation, with other groups, so they know they’re not alone and not the only ones suffering those problems.

“All affected stakeholders are encouraged to get on board to work together to manage this potentially devastating predator.”

North-east Victorian community wild dog control co-ordinator Geoff Bussell at Carboor said: “If you can take an 80 percent lambing to 140pc by using every tool in the book you’re pretty silly if you don’t.”

The co-ordinators facilitate regular landholder forums to both review the past year and plan ahead for the next season of wild dog control. Meetings usually take place in autumn and provide grassroots feedback from those most adversely affected by wild dogs, allowing landholders to create a seasonal action plan with their local wild dog controller.


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