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Early response needed for wild dog baiting campaign

Balonne Shire Council is calling on landholders to get in early for the upcoming wild dog baiting campaign.

Council has been working with baiting syndicates and neighbouring shires to hold a coordinated wild dog baiting campaign from Monday 30 April to Friday 4 May, 2018.

Director Community and Environmental Services Jamie Gorry said Council’s wild dog baiting program had been effective along with trapping programs over the past seven months.

“However in January Council received a total of 192 wild dog scalps which means a more proactive control is needed to combat this ongoing problem,” he said.

“Increased exclusion fencing in the Balonne Shire and the surrounding regions has benefitted our local landholders with an increase in lambing percentages, but it is still necessary to further reduce wild dog numbers.

“The wild dog 1080 baiting programs are a vital tool to help alleviate the wild dog threat to our producers and Council is encouraging them to participate in this campaign.

“Our baiting campaign team will be on the ground to discuss future coordinated aerial baiting joint projects by the Balonne Shire, Maranoa Regional Council and Biosecurity Queensland under the Feral Pest initiative.”

Mr Gorry said Council was offering 40kg of meat baits as an incentive for landholders to participate in the campaign.

“I urge landholders to respond early and return the order form that has been mailed to them before Thursday 26 April or call Council on 4620 8844 to confirm your participation,” he said.

“This will enable our team to order the correct amount of meat to accommodate all participating landholders.

“Landholders with more than one property may receive an extra 40kg for each property.

“By taking part in this campaign landholders are helping secure the future of grazing in the Balonne Shire.”

Council’s wild dog baiting strategy divided the Shire into baiting zones which can be found here.