Wild Dog Bulletin: Can recreational shooters control broad scale wild dog populations?

Hello All,
 
Landholders in pastoral areas are often contacted by urban-based recreational shooters who are offering to control wild dogs on their properties.
 

Hello All,

 

Landholders in pastoral areas are often contacted by urban-based recreational shooters who are offering to control wild dogs on their properties.

 

So, leaving aside farm security, weed spread, etc - Does recreational hunting control wild dog populations?

 

The research and recommendations say 'No' - e.g. http://www.feral.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/WDFS4.pdf

 

This is not to say a number of dogs will not be eliminated by -

 

·         Professional macropod harvesters

·         Landholders opportunistically shooting dogs

·         Doggers targeting specific trap-shy dogs

 

However these actions still need to be reinforced by integrating other control tools such as baiting and/or trapping to effectively control numbers.

 

 

 

Regards

 

John Cuskelly

Biosecurity Officer

Biosecurity Queensland

 

Ph: 4669 0814  Mob: 0427 063 218

Email john.cuskelly@daff.qld.gov.au

PO Box 993 Dalby Q 4405