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Balonne steps up war on wild dogs with baiting campaign

The Balonne Shire Council is stepping up its program to reduce the number of wild dogs in the region with an upcoming baiting campaign.

Mayor Richard Marsh said wild dogs were an ongoing issue in the region and Council was working collaboratively with other agencies to benefit landholders.

“Our team’s Wild Dog Control Program, along with trapping programs, is having an effect on wild dog numbers, and the construction of exclusion fences in our region has seen lambing numbers increase,” he said.

“However, it is important that we keep the pressure on wild dog numbers and this baiting campaign will help further reduce numbers.

“During this round of baiting there will be staff on the ground to discuss future aerial baiting projects within our shire in cooperation with Maranoa Regional Council and Biosecurity Queensland through the Feral Pest Initiative.”

Cr Marsh said Council would supply 40kg of dog size meat baits to each participating landholder.

“I encourage landholders to participate in this program to help us fight wild dog numbers and secure the future of our grazing industry in the Balonne Shire,” he said.

“Landholders are urged to fax back their participation form early to allow Council to order the appropriate amount of bait meat.”