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Gulmarrad wild dogs in the spotlight

In response to the recent escalation of wild dog activity in the Gulmarrad area, North Coast Local Land Services has been working with local stakeholders to address this problem. A coordinated response is being developed with Roads and Maritime Services, who now have a large holding in the area, and Clarence Valley Council to provide joint funding to employ a trapper.
Experienced local trapper, Bill Crisp from Tracs Wild Dog Management has been engaged to work in the area. Bill will work with his scent dog Bugs to locate recent wild dog activity and focus on trapping these areas. Bill began work last Wednesday morning and had two dogs trapped overnight. One wild dog was trapped near the site of an attack on the day before (Sunday) and the other about 2km to the east.
North Coast Local Land Services is also seeking the help of local residents and the surrounding farming country. A major part of effective wild dog control is to have effective community engagement and people actively engaged in wild dog control in a proactive way.
Dean Chamberlain, team leader Invasive Species said of the project, “We’re asking residents and land owners to remain alert and report any wild dog activity to Tiffany Felton, Biosecurity Officer at our Grafton office and her phone number is 0427 458 591.”
Dean continued, “We are conducting a public meeting at Gulmarrad Primary School at 5pm on Wednesday March 30, and we’re inviting all land owners within the area to attend and get involved.”
Interested residents who are going to attend are asked to advise North Coast Local Land Services by contacting Tiffany Felton on 0427 458 591.
The meeting will focus on the current wild dog problem, in order to gain a better understanding of it and then look at future management of wild dogs in the area to minimise impacts. The meeting will also discuss how local residents can monitor for wild dogs to measure the effectiveness of this program and also any wild dog activity that may occur in the future.