Early success in wild dog hunt
FIVE wild dogs have been caught and removed from Gulmarrad in just a week.
Local Land Services, Roads and Maritime Service and Clarence Valley Council have funded the services of Tracs Wild Dog Management's Bill Crisp following last week's attack that killed a pet dog.
Mr Crisp said the dogs were all caught in close proximity to the scene of last week's attack at Sheehans Lane.
"I am exceptionally happy with the progress made so far," he said. "It's not every day we remove that many dogs in such a short time."
Mr Crisp said the dogs caught were "very much dingo-crossed dogs", and DNA samples would be taken to build a better profile of the wild dogs in the area.
Mr Crisp, who has worked across Australia as a dog trapper, said his methods are unique but get results.
"We've got a few runs on the board in removing wild dogs," he said.
"We work organically and strategically, and that's why we get positive outcomes."
Mr Crisp works with his scent dog Bugs to locate and track recent wild dog activity, which allows for the strategic placement of soft-catch rubber jawed traps.
A meeting will be held at Gulmarrard Primary School next Wednesday, where Mr Crisp hopes members of the community and land holders can learn about his process and how they can be involved in controlling the wild dog population.
"The process I use is sustainable and can get outcomes, so if individuals and the community can get involved in the process so we can move it forward it will help to make sure we don't get this problem happening again," he said.
"The more people we can get involved, the easier it is for agencies, to help deal with the problem. The community and individual land owners have to deny feral pests a safe haven, which requires a broad scale program with everyone working together."
Local Land Services spokesman Peter James said last week's attack was being treated seriously.
"Whenever there's a wild dog attack of that severity so close to a residential house it's a serious problem, and we were lucky we could get the three parties together and engage the services of an experienced trapper like Bill so quickly," he said.
Mr Crisp said there is a reasonably high number of wild dogs on the North Coast, and it is up to land holders to take responsibility.
"Most people on the coast are not aware that wild dogs are a declared animal and legislation means that all land holders in NSW have an obligation to control declared animals on their land."