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Recent wild dog sightings in Collinsville have prompted Council to remind residents across theWhitsunday region to report any sighting or incidents involving wild dogs.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said that wild dogs are a declared class 2 pest under Queensland’s LandProtection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002.
“Council undertakes surveillance programs for various pests, including wild dogs. Over May andJune, Council officers have undertaken a successful program of control work with Collinsville and the greater region,” Mayor Whitney said.
“Many of the dogs seen around the Whitsunday region are wild dogs which have come fromdomestic dogs” she said.
“Property owners should avoid the risk of domestic dogs breeding with wild dogs by keeping them in a secure enclosure; hybridisation only adds to the feral population,”
“Residents should inform Council of any sighting or incidents involving wild dogs as this important when dealing with wild dogs on a regional level,
“Council officers can work with landholders to set traps to be monitored by the landholder and tooffer technical advice,”
“Residents should not approach, chase or feed wild dogs and ensure domestic pets are secured in appropriate enclosures,
“Council will continue to monitor the current risk of wild dogs in Collinsville, and where necessaryundertake management actions.”
What can be done?• Don’t encourage wild dogs by feeding them• Keep food scraps secured• Ensure pets and domestic stock are kept in a secure enclosure• Council has various traps that can be used by landholders if wild dogs become a problem• Council’s Land Protection Officers are able to provide advice and assistance in feral animalcontrol.
For more information, phone 07 4945 0200.
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