Southern Downs Regional Council local laws pest management officer Geoff Pitstock injects pieces of meat with the 1080 poison used for wild dog baiting.
Southern Downs Regional Council local laws pest management officer Geoff Pitstock injects pieces of meat with the 1080 poison used for wild dog baiting. Sophie Lester

How to respond to wild dog attacks

FOLLOWING a recent dog attack resulting in lambs lost in Booie, South Burnett Regional Council encourage anyone having trouble with wild dogs to contact them.

Mayor Keith Campbell said landholders with small livestock such as sheep and goats on rural residential properties are encouraged to install adequate dog proof fencing as a first line of defence.

"Any landholder, regardless of property size, who is having trouble with wild dogs should contact council for advice on the most appropriate and effective control tools for their particular system," he said.

The council can provide up to date information regarding effective dog proof fencing.

Council officers are available to provide on site advice to landholders on how to manage feral animals, and there are a range of traps available to be booked free of charge to land owners to assist in the control of wild dogs, pigs, rabbits and foxes.

"Alternatively, the council can supply landholders with the details of locally based professional trapping contractors," Mr Campbell said.

Surveillance cameras are also available to be booked from the council, free of charge to monitor feral animal movements, and to assist in determining the best location for traps or bait.

The council run two coordinated baiting programs throughout the year in May and September.

"Individual baiting can be requested outside of these times and eligibility requirements set by the State Government do change, so we encourage land owners to get in contact with Council regarding their eligibility to bait," Mr Campbell said.

Property owners who are having issues with wild dogs are encouraged to contact the council's Natural Resource Management staff on 4189 9100.

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