THE National Wild Dog Action Plan has welcomed continued support of wild dog control activities through renewed investment in state-based wild dog plans and community-driven committees.
Invasive Animals CRC national wild dog facilitator and action plan representative Greg Mifsud said it was encouraging to see state plans directed towards nationally consistent management of wild dogs.
“Just over two years since the inception of the National Wild Dog Action Plan, we are seeing our goals met,” Mr Mifsud said.
Mr Mifsud said wild dogs were a serious agricultural and environmental problem in Australia. They caused economic impacts from livestock predation, and costs associated with their control are significant. Emotionally, producers could suffer personal trauma as a result of wild dogs attacking their livestock. Wild dogs also threaten many native mammal, reptile and bird populations, through predation, competition and disease transmission.
The National Wild Dog Action Plan was created to coordinate a national approach for more consistent action across jurisdictions.
Aligning with these updated plans, are the creation of state-based wild dog advisory committees.
These committees have been created to advise state government policy and strategic direction on wild dog management, which includes both best practice control as well threatened species conservation.
“It is also great to see the states acknowledge the need for local advice to shape state regional and local management plans," Mr Mifsud said.
“I am also pleased to see many members of the National Wild Dog Action Plan sit on these state committees as well, ensuring local knowledge informs this national problem.”
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