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NMDSG Changes Groups Name

On the 18th May 2017 the Northern Mallee Declared Species Group officially changed it's name to become the Esperance Biosecurity Association

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

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The NMDSG were granted recognition by the then Minister for Agriculture and Food Hon Mark Lewis MLC on the 23rd February 2017 to become a recognised biosecurity group. For the purpose of the control of declared pests in the local government shire of Esperance.

As part of the transition from a declared pest group to a recognised biosecurity group NMDSG changed it's name to the Esperance Biosecurity Association (EBA).

EBA are now going through the steps to propose a rate under the BAM Act be raised within the Esperance Shire to fund the groups operational budget for 2018 / 2019

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 EBA Administrator at eba.wilddog@outlook.com 

Reporting Wild Dog Sightings or Stock Losses

Please report all Wild Dog sightings within the Esperance Region to the Esperance Biosecurity Association, as the group contract 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 Esperance Biosecurity Association as this is an important component for our reporting and records. To track the success of the Wild Dog control program currently in place.

EBA Achievements

EBA 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