Trappers prove effective at stopping wild dogs

This eight-year-old male wild dog is one of two trapped on Beryl Ryan’s property earlier this year.

Beryl Ryan’s Talbingo property has been quiet in terms of wild dogs every since National Parks paid for a trapper to go out and work on her property. Over the two weeks he was there he killed what she calls “the equivalent of 19 dogs,” because two were females with considerable litters in their bellies.

“One had eight pups inside of her, and another one had six,” she said.

“So they’re clearly wild dogs, because if it was a dingo they only would have had around four pups. My thing is now, that I’m very, very curious about, is that National Parks has what they call Schedule 2 Land, which is dingo preservation area, in Kosciuszko National Park and Bago State Forest. You find me a fully fledged dingo in KNP or the State Forest. You would not find a full bred dingo in that area.

“So my argument is now, why is that there when there’s no dingos? It’s a question that needs to be answered.

“But no, there’s been no more attacks since the trapper was out here.”

However, Goobarragandra’s Lindsay Buckley has not been so lucky. National Parks told him they can’t afford a full time trapper out around his property, which he still believes is necessary to tackle the wild dog problem in the Tumut region.

“Since the helicopter dropped the aerial baits in the park we’ve had three more dogs right on the boundary,” he said.

“I saw a white dog round my place four or five days ago. There’s one at another property right in among the sheep, and another one across the river. So what they’re doing isn’t doing the job, there’s too many dogs out there that are coming in due to the cold. I’ve asked Local Land Services to get a trapper in, but I’ve got no response to that at this stage.

“There must be a lot of dogs out there. I’m a bit worried at the present time because the ewes are about to lamb. There’s a lot of work to be done but it seems like the NPWS doesn’t seem to want to do anything!

“I don’t know what to do; they’ve got to employ a trapper. I’m not saying that they’ve done nothing, but they haven’t done enough. There must be too many dogs there. If the baits are working, there must be a hell of a lot of dogs out there. It’s a job for a full-time trapper.”

Farmer Noeline Franklin also said that a respite had come from the dogs out at Brindabella.

“They’ve moved up north, more around Wee Jasper,” she said.

“We’ve probably got rid of all the dogs that were here local, through trapping, whether they’re all dead or they grew disenchanted from losing their mates and moved on I don’t know.”

The National Parks and Wildlife Service, and Local Lands Service’s actions against the wild dogs include aerial and ground baiting, periodically funding trappers, and fitting caught live dogs with tracking collars to research their movements.