Wild dogs fed after a storm damaged a dog fence in South Australia


Thousands of aerial bait have been deployed in northern South Australia to kill wild dogs that were destroying livestock after the outback dog fence was damaged by heavy storms and floods.

Within a range of 250 km (155 miles) between Coober Pedy and the Ikara / Flinders Mountains, a total of 2,000 food was dropped to prevent wild dogs from moving south due to an estimated 40 violations of the fence.

David Basham, Minister of Primary Industry and Regional Development, release On Thursday, the heavy rain caused widespread damage to the entire region.

“Unfortunately, dog fences have been damaged by recent rainfall events in northern South Australia, and additional aerial bait protects the livestock industry from wild dog tragedy during repair work. It helps, “he said.

“Wild dogs rob the Australian economy about $ 89 million a year, and South Australian producers lost more than 20,000 sheep to wild dogs in 2018 alone.”

Basham uses a multi-faceted approach by the SA government to tackle the wild dog problem, with additional food capture and bounty programs, and a dog fence that costs $ 25 million ($ 17.9 million). Continued to complement the program to rebuild. ).

He said the recent floods washed away some of the old fences, but the new ones withstood the floods and suffered minimal damage.

“Three professional wild dog catchers are ready to take action and will be deployed as soon as they are allowed to secure fences in the affected areas when access is restored.” Basham said.

Dog fences help South Australia’s $ 4.3 billion ($ 3.1 billion) livestock industry by preventing wild dogs (dingos or hybrids of dingos) from moving to what is known as the sheep zone. Protect

The Reconstruction of dog fence We are improving the 2,150km (1,336 miles) barrier that stretches from the Great Australian Bight to the New South Wales border.

More than two-thirds of the fences are more than 100 years old and are fragile. In addition, multiple sections have been damaged by wild camels, kangaroos, emu, wild dogs, weather, and sand erosion.

Reconstruction began in May 2020, with 340km (211 miles) completed by mid-November 2021 and 400km (249 miles) still remaining.

South Australia, on the other hand, became Australia’s first state or territory to legislate wild dog state-wide feeding standards.

Minister Basham said the development of new feeding standards will take place after extensive consultation, removing historic barriers to management and enabling strategic targeting of safe shelters and breeding grounds for wild dogs. Stated.

“Safe shelters traditionally create shelters and breeding opportunities for wild dogs, undermine neighborhood property efforts in wild dog management activities and potentially lead to tensions within the community. “He said.

“These new standards, including mandatory food, including areas previously identified as safe havens, are strategic reforms that provide the necessary means to implement compliance when needed across the state. Is now possible. “

For example, in Region 5, a 35km land buffer runs along the outside of the dog fence. All landowners in the area, with or without evidence of wild dog activity, are required to place at least 10 foods within a 10km radius of each artificial active water point in the fall and spring. I have.

Dr. Rebekah Eyers, an advocate of animal welfare at RSPCA, told the Epoch Times that while there are good reasons to manage wild dogs, RSPCA should use only the most humane killing methods.

“Government-developed Pestsmart guidelines recommend that shooting the head is the most humane way to destroy a wild dog,” she said.

“And this must be done by a competent operator and only in situations where all non-lethal means have been exhausted and destruction is justified.”

Ears further stated that food is not a humane way to control wild dog populations, according to the guidelines.

Steve Milne

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