Wild dog trapping workshop at Penong

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Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula in conjunction with PIRSA Biosecurity SA, is bringing a wild dog trapping workshop to the far west of Eyre Peninsula in February where participants will learn about management options for wild dogs.

Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula, Authorised Officer, West Eyre, Andrew Sleep said the workshop will provide a great opportunity for landholders to undertake small group training with well-regarded trapper and trainer, Paul Billsborough from Wildpest Management.

“This one and a half day workshop covers a range of topics from basic equipment for trapping and how to set a trap, to legal responsibilities and regulations and health and safety obligations, that are essential skills for landholders to undertake effective wild dog trapping on their property,” Mr Sleep said.

Wild dogs are a declared pest south of the Dog Fence under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004.

‘Wild dog’ is the term used to describe pure dingoes, hybrid dingoes and feral domestic dogs and Landholders are responsible for the satisfactory control of wild dogs on properties south of the dog fence under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004.

These animals can cause significant damage to livestock production enterprises, particularly sheep, through predation and disease transfer.

Farmers and pastoralists should never underestimate the intelligence of wild dogs and to take into account their enhanced senses of smell, sight and hearing when trying to outsmart them.

“This free workshop will provide landholders with the tools and information to feel confident in carrying out appropriate management of wild dogs,” Mr Sleep said.

Participants will gain practical skills in how to recognise signs of dog activity as well as how to implement effective trapping regimes.

This workshop is part of the Australian Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the government’s plan for stronger farmers and a stronger economy.

For further information and registration, please contact Andrew Sleep on mob 0428252442 or email andrew.sleep@sa.gov.au

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