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Wild Dog update - December 2021

News release
17 December 2021

Biteback News

Ground baiting injection services – Inside fence

Tentative times have been allocated for the autumn 2022 injection service, with dates to be confirmed in early 2022. If you believe these periods will clash with long standing commitments in your district, please contact Biteback staff to arrange an alternative time that better suits all group members:

Kingoonya/Gawler Ranges districts: mid-March 2022

Gawler Ranges (groups 19-21) district: mid/late-March 2022

North Flinders/Marree district: late-March 2022

North East Pastoral district: early-April 2022.

Aerial Baiting

A review of the aerial baiting program has been undertaken to ensure it remains focussed on inaccessible sections of land where ground baiting is impossible. The review refined the program to 31,000 baits distributed on 31 properties during the October service. Another aerial baiting program is planned for April 2022.

Trapper Training Workshops

Trapper training workshops planned for spring 2021 were postponed due to border closures. Although specific dates for the workshops are still to be confirmed, they are expected to be held in February/March 2022, which may cause a change of date to some ground baiting injection services.

Five workshops are expected to be held in the SAAL region at:

Gawler Ranges district: late February 2022

Kingoonya district: late February/early March 2022

Northern Flinders district: early March 2022

Northern Flinders district (Advanced one day course): early March 2022

North East Pastoral district: early-mid March 2022.

Dog Control Effort

Inside Fence Ground Baiting Spring 2021


District

No. of Properties

Injected Baits

Manufactured Baits

TOTAL

Required baits/District

NF_M

80 Properties

44

*47

11665

*10536

4000

*2050

15665

*12586

17046


NEP

50 Properties

22

*20

10565

*7255

3000

*1550

13565

*8805

14494


KIN

28 Properties

11

*20

7005

*7785

2150

*0

9155

*7785

22707


GR

51 Properties

13

*19

2985

*3825

1900

*400

4885

*4225

17919


PA_Q

New District

0

*0

0

*0

0

*0

0

*0

N/A


TOTAL

90

*106

32220

*29401

11050

*4000

43270

*33401

72166


* Represents Spring 2020 comparison

Outside Fence Ground Baiting 2021


District

Properties Involved

Injected Baits

Manufactured

Baits

TOTAL

M_O

24 Properties

4

*8

2860

*7405

950

*0

3810

*7405

M_I

27 Properties

2

*3

4935

*4605

800

*0

5735

*4605

TOTAL

6

*11

7795

*12010

1750

*0

9545

*12010

* Represents a 2020 comparison

Monitoring of wild dog activity and impacts (Autumn 2021)

District

Maps Returned

Wild Dog Scan Reports

Shot

Trapped

Seen

Stock Loss

NF_M

19

*21

8

*12

3

*19

25

*48

1

*51

32

*193

NEP

14

*11

2

*4

0

*0

2

*5

5

*9

0

*10

KIN

5

*6

2

*2

1

*0

7

*18

0

*4

3

*6

GR

7

*7

4

*5

2

*3

13

*9

2

*2

0

*59

PA_Q

0

*0

0

*0

0

*0

0

*0

0

*0

0

*0

M-O

1

*0

3

*1

0

*3

0

*0

43

*0

0

*3

M-I

0

*1

0

*0

0

*26

0

*0

0

*7

0

*3

TOTAL

46

*46

19

*24

26

*51

47

*80

51

*73

35

*274

* Autumn 2020 comparison.

Landscape SA Regulations for Baiting Wild Dogs

New regulations relating to the baiting for wild dogs under the Landscape Act came into effect on 8 August 2021. The requirement for mandatory baiting levels differs based on location and wild dog activity. More details about the requirements in each region can be found here.

A summary of the key elements relating to the SAAL region are:

Pastoral region inside the dog fence

  • Proactively bait 1 bait per kilometre of all tracks or roads regardless of dog activity, and
  • Bait 5 baits per kilometre where wild dogs are found active within 10 kilometres of activity site

Flinders Ranges Council

  • Wild dog activity found – must bait 10 baits per 100 hectares (only properties over 300ha)
  • no proactive baiting required

Buffer Zone (35km north of Dog Fence)

Landowners must bait 10 baits within 10 kilometres of all active man made water point used by livestock, regardless of dog activity.

Organic Properties - Property plans

  • Organic properties must complete a wild dog plan outlining an alternative method for laying the equivalent amount of baits as expected of a non-organic property in the same area. Once approved by the SAAL Landscape Board, the property is then expected to enact the approved plan.

Baiting amounts linked to length of tracks/roads

  • Vehicle track means any track or road on a property that is accessed by a vehicle
  • Length of tracks on pastoral properties is determined by current pastoral data
  • The landowner is expected to notify the Pastoral Board of any modification to tracks to update official data.
  • Freehold properties - tracks to be determined by available data including satellite imagery and communication with land owners