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Funding is available under AWI’s 'Community Wild Dog Control Initiative' to individual groups to undertake wild dog control activities.
Funding can be directed by groups to fill gaps they have identified in their control plans. Particular emphasis is placed on assisting groups to become self-sufficient in the longer term.
To apply, groups should download and read the following Community Wild Dog Control Initiative (CWDCI) documentation:
Applicants should then complete the CWDCI application form and submit it along with a plan, a map and a project budget (as specified in the guidelines) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are open to new groups as well as those groups that have previously received funding from AWI.
If you need clarification or assistance please contact Ian Evans at AWI on 0427 773 005 or email@example.com.
AWI funds and co-funds wild dog coordinators in each Australian mainland state.
The wild dog coordinator positions aim to help producers and other key stakeholders collaborate to reduce the impact of devastating livestock predation by wild dogs – and therefore improve on-farm productivity, rural community wellbeing and rural biodiversity. The position also aims to help coordinate on-ground wild dog control activities. This is vital but can be challenging for landholders without the external help provided by an independent coordinator.
The coordinators use a ‘nil-tenure landscape level’ approach with local communities that highlights the benefit of focusing on the ‘common problem’ rather than attributing ownership of the wild dog problem to individual land managers. This approach encourages good working relationships between private and public land managers. More importantly, it can have a positive impact on the emotional well-being of farmers in the area who now feel that something positive is being done to address the constant financial and emotional impact of wild dogs.
An additional baiting option for reducing wild dog and fox numbers is now available to woolgrowers and other landholders across Australia.
Para-aminopropiophenone (PAPP) is a new chemical (toxin) that is now being manufactured and sold in baits by Animal Control Technologies Australia Pty Ltd (ACTA) under the product names DOGABAIT for wild dog control and FOXECUTE® for fox control.
PAPP was developed with funding support from AWI and is designed to allow baiting to still be an option in places where 1080 use is restricted, or for land managers who would prefer not to use 1080.
AWI media release: First new predator toxin in 50 years becomes available (13 June 2016)
Beyond the Bale article (June 2016)
ACTA’s DOGABAIT brochure (PDF, 2.3MB)
ACTA’s FOXECUTE® brochure (PDF, 3.0MB)
PAPP for wild dog and fox control FAQs (links to Invasive Animals CRC PestSmart Connect website)
The annual loss to the Australian economy from wild dogs is $66.3 million. Read more in the Social impacts of wild dogs publication (PDF 1.12MB).
AWI investments in wild dog baiting and community management planning also benefit fox control.
Wild dogs cost the Australian economy $66.3 million every year. Sheep production is significantly reduced by wild dogs in particular.
The impact of wild dogs is felt across Queensland, the pastoral and now cereal zones of Western Australia, the NSW and South Australian pastoral zone, and along the Great Dividing Range in NSW and Victoria.
Recent AWI surveys found that despite known success in wild dog control, sheep producers are not confident to return to sheep or increase their flock size.
Wild dogs are controlled primarily by baiting with sodium fluoroacetate (1080). AWI has argued strongly for the continued availability of 1080 for wild dog control.
AWI invests in a comprehensive suite of projects in wild dog control:
At the IACRC wild canid demonstration site in northern NSW, a single dog ate 11 fresh meat baits over a couple of hours and another dog ate nine baits before both succumbed to 1080.
This finding was presented to the National Wild Dog Management Advisory Group in Port Augusta SA. More details are available from Guy Ballard, Project Officer Wild dog Management, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sheep producers in the North Flinders region of SA took action to help control the impact of wild dogs on their properties.
In 2008, they approached their local, community-based natural resource management (NRM) group for help. Industry support followed, and a program was rolled out across the four NRM districts south of the Dog Fence in the SA Arid Lands region, covering an area of 200,500km².
Today there are almost 100 landholdings involved in the program, making up 21 working groups. Generally, the groups comprise 4-10 properties, depending on the size of the landholdings. At local area planning workshops, landholders share information and map out wild dog movements, predation and current control measures.
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Foxes cause a $16.48 million loss to the wool industry. Read more in the Invasive Animals CRC's The economic impacts of vertebrate pests in Australia publication (PDF 1.36MB).
The new canid toxin, PAPP, for controlling foxes and wild dogs, is now commercially available.
AWI investments in baiting, wild dog management planning, aerial baiting rate research and on-ground grants for coordinated wild dog control also benefit fox control.
Feral pigs cause losses of $2.32 million to the wool industry. Read more in the Invasive Animals CRC's The economic impacts of vertebrate pests in Australia publication (PDF 1.36MB).
AWI does not invest in feral pig control, however the IACRC and Meat & Livestock Australia support a research program to reduce damage by feral pigs.