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Wild dog numbers threaten Ag industry

More funding is needed to control wild dogs in South Australia, with an increase in dog numbers posing a threat to the State’s pastoral industry.

“The situation has become desperate, and we need more money to protect our sheep industry in South Australia,” Liberal Member for Flinders Peter Treloar said.

Wild dogs, or dingoes, are a declared pest south of the Dog Fence. Good rain and an increase in wildlife has meant the dog population has risen, with many graziers and pastoralists struggling to control the situation.

Dogs have been sighted south of the Dog Fence, with one destroyed as far down as Port Neill.

Funding for the State’s only dog trapper ceased earlier this year, meaning the industry has become more reliant on producers’ implementing their own expensive baiting or trapping programs.

This is in stark contrast to Victoria, which has 23 working dog trappers, funded by the State Government.

The Dog Fence, which traverses SA, New South Wales and into Queensland, acts as a physical barrier which separates the sheep country in the south from the cattle in the north.

“As dog numbers increase, more and more pressure is put on the fence itself,” Mr Treloar said.

“I ask that the wild dog problem be recognised by the Weatherill Labor Government and that funding be properly allocated.”

According to Livestock SA, the chances of wild dogs reaching peri-urban areas is higher without a dog trapper, with concern they could cause havoc in residential areas.

The organisation suggests $300,000 would pay for two dog trappers in SA, which would help protect the pastoral industry and reduce the threat to peri-urban areas.

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