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Esperance Barrier Fence: Protecting Livelihoods

The proposed extension of the State Barrier Fence around the Esperance shire is an effective, long-term solution to the Wild Dog and Emu problem in the region. Find out more about the proposed fence extension by clicking here

 The 500km barrier fence will stop emus and wild dogs from impacting on our agricultural livelihoods

Latest News...

The NMDSG Committee called a Special General Meeting on the 18th March 2016 to decide upon the future direction of the group.

Due to the change of government focus, shifting from a government led approach to a community led approach in the control of pest animals and plants, funding that NMDSG was previously able to secure is now unavailable.

After much research, consultation and consideration the NMDSG Committee presented a motion to the members for the Northern Mallee Declared Species Group Inc. to move from a Declared Species Group to become a Recognised Biosecurity Group. This motion was accepted at the Special General Meeting and the NMDSG Committee are currently working through the steps needed to make this transition.

The NMDSG has been successful to secure funding to help with this transition process. Funding for Biosecurity Groups - this project is supported by Transforming Regional Biosecurity Response which is part of the Boosting Biosecurity Defences project, led by Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia and made possible by Royalties for Regions.

 

1080 and Strychnine Warning

Please be advised that baiting to control Wild Dogs occurs all year round on Un-allocated Crown Land within the Esperance Region. This program uses professionally made 1080 baits, which are laid by Licensed Pest Management Technicians. 1080 baiting is an integral part of the Wild Dog control program to protect livestock from death and injury caused by Wild Dogs.

1080 baits can kill domestic dogs and cats, so please leave your pets at home or prevent them from entering the baited areas, as there is no safe time of year when pets can roam within these areas.

At times it is necessary for the Licensed Pest Management Technicians to use traps containing strychnine to assist in Wild Dog control. All traps are sign posted in the field but please take extreme caution and DO NOT interfere with the traps or you risk poisoning yourself.

It is essential that the Wild Dog be controlled due to its malicious nature, targeting small native fauna and livestock, it is devastating to find animals that have suffered attacks from the Wild Dog.

For further information please contact the NMDSG Administrator at northernmalleedsg@outlook.com

 

Reporting Wild Dog Sightings or Stock Losses

Please report all Wild Dog sightings within the Esperance Region to the Northern Mallee Declared Species Group, as the group employee two Licensed Pest Management Technicians who can investigate the sightings to help prevent attacks upon livestock.

Could all Landholders within the Esperance Region please report any stock losses due to Wild Dogs to the Northern Mallee Declared Species Group as this is an important component for our reporting and records. To track the success of the Wild Dog control program currently in place.

NMDSG Achievements

NMDSG has successfully reduced the number of Wild Dogs within the Esperance Region and greatly reduced the attacks upon livestock. The table below shows the number of Wild Dogs destroyed and baits laid by the group. The number of Wild Dogs taken is likely an under-estimate, noting that many Wild Dogs that take a bait will die elsewhere and not be detected.

Year

Number Wild Dogs Taken

Number Baits Laid

2004/05

59

 

2005/06

59

 

2006/07

84

16,000

2007/08

30

27,000

2008/09

15

18,240

2009/10

53

26,227

2010/11

28

26,410

2011/12

21

19,199

2012/13

35

12,370

2013/14

13

16,125

2014/15

15

10,951

2015/16

16

9,907

   
 
Stock deaths create unnecessary financial and emotional burden on rural families