June 29, 2020
A new 10‑year National Wild Dog Action Plan will come into effect on Wednesday (July 1).
Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said the plan has been endorsed by producers, peak farming bodies and Federal and State governments.
He said it would ensure wild dog control measures were “humane, evidence-based and best practice”.
“Wild dogs are terribly destructive pests, costing farmers conservatively upwards of $89 million a year in lost production and control costs,” Minister Littleproud said.
“They can decimate livestock, tearing down sheep and goats at will, and in doing so, can hurt rural and regional economies because of the destruction they wreak and anxiety they cause.
“Having a clear, co-ordinated and borderless national plan to guide farmers and other stakeholders on the best strategies and safest tools for livestock and biodiversity protection is critical for rural and regional communities as they recover from COVID-19, bushfires and drought.
“I applaud the way producers, peak farming bodies, governments and research and development corporations came together to ensure control measures are evidence‑based and best practice.
The updated plan replaces the National Wild Dog Action Plan 2014-2019.
- External link: National Wild Dog Action Plan