When we look down at ‘Bluey’ and watch him working, or playing with the kids, or providing companionship while we’re at the back of the paddock, it’s hard to imagine a more useful and versatile friend. And yet on the other side of our fences, wild dogs continue to harass farms and livestock on a daily basis.
Controlling wild pests whether fauna or flora is one of the best ways governments can partner with our farmers.
Wild dogs cause an estimated $11 million worth of damage to the state’s primary industries sector every year. The cost isn’t just from deaths but caring for injured animals and time spent by farmers supervising and protecting livestock from injury.
To combat this menace the NSW government has launched an expanded baiting program, deploying wild dog baits in appropriate locations across numerous electorates. The bait itself is called a Canid Pest Ejector and uses the latest in technology in order to be environmentally friendly. Foxes and dogs are the only known species in Australia which will be able to set off the ejectors and when it does, it delivers a dose of poison directly into the animal’s mouth, preventing native wildlife from being poisoned.
Controlling wild dogs is done on the other side of the fence, in National Parks and public land, where it is often out of sight and out of mind until we have to deal with the consequences of dead or injured livestock. It’s incredibly important work and is another way that government can partner with our communities in solving these uniquely regional issues.