Action to reduce wild dog attacks
SINCE his red alpaca was attacked a year ago, Ian Greenbank said he’s watched wild dogs take up residence in his neighbourhood.
Ian Greenbank has lived at Seelands for 21 years.
To his knowledge he said there had been no wild dog attacks in the neighbourhood for most of that time, but in the past year things had changed.
“They (wild dogs) started attacking kangaroos and now they’re attacking pets,” Mr Greenbank said.
He said since his alpaca was attacked last year, attacks had increased, forcing him to move his other alpaca off the farm.
“I sent the other one away until we could get this problem sorted out,” he said.
Mr Greenbank said other Seelands residents had also reported wild dog attacks, including attacks on a calf and one labrador that was mauled, costing its owner $1500 in vet bills.
He’d also heard of one man who was surrounded by a pack of dogs while outside at his chicken pen.
Dean Chamberlain, from Livestock Health and Pest Authorities (LHPA) in Grafton, said a ranger had been out to Seelands this week and confirmed there was an increase in wild dog activity in the region.
The authority will start a baiting program on three to four properties today, which Mr Chamberlain said should have a direct impact on the wild dog population.
Mr Chamberlain said LHPA completed a program in the Seelands region a few years ago, so he wasn’t surprised that numbers had started to creep up again.
He said the area was well suited to wild dogs because there was plenty of bush country in the west and it was that time of the year when wild dogs established their territories.
“People need to be aware there’s a few wild dogs about and keep an eye on their domestic pets and livestock,” he said.
Anyone with a wild dog problem should contact LHPA in Grafton on 6642 3699.