Wild Dog Management Advisory Committee




Afternoon all

A snapshot of the dog situation across the shire so far for this financial year.

As you can all see there has certainly been no reduction in numbers –

By the end of this month – we will have reached the 2500 mark for sure.

I am planning on sending out letters advising individual property scalp tallies as of the end of June.

Also seeking suggestions and asking for input in what control measures they support/working                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

or what else can be introduced to combat numbers.

A general meeting will be organised for 3rd week in July.








Hello All,


Please find attached the link to the Wool Producers draft for consultation 'National Wild Dog Action Plan' -


The draft talks of a plan built on community-driven wild dog control - I would think if this is to happen, our wild dog groups will have to have input into this.



John Cuskelly

Biosecurity Officer

Biosecurity Queensland

Wild Dog Bulletin : Baiting Dates


Please note the corrected date for Blackall Tambo

Additions/amendments in red.


Maranoa/Border Area

1.      Balonne Shire - 14th to 18t October 2013

2.      Maranoa Shire – 1st to 15th Nov 2013

South West RED Shires [14% of Qld]

3.      Paroo – 21st to 25th Oct 2013

4.      Bulloo – 7th to 9TH Oct 2013

5.      Murweh  - 11th to 15th Oct 2013

6.      Quilpie – 16th to 18th [Adavale]

Darling Downs’s shires

7.      7.Southern Downs – 18th – 20th Sep 2013

8.      Western Downs  - 16th to 20th Sept 2013

9.      Toowoomba RC –

10.     Goondiwindi – Goondi/Billa/Talwood 17-18th July

CWQ RAPAD Shires [23% of Qld]

11.     Winton – 12th to 21st Sep 2013

12.     Longreach – 26th Sep to 3rd Oct 2013

13.     Barcaldine RC – 10 to 17th Oct 2013

14.     Blackall -Tambo RC – 21st to 23rd Oct 2013

15.     Barcoo – 28th Oct to 2nd Nov 2013

16.     Diamantina – 3rd to 7th Nov 2013

17.     Boulia – 23/09/2013 to the 30/09/2013

NW/Gulf Shires

18.     Flinders – 26th to 29th August 2013

19.     McKinlay – 14th to 18th October 2013

20.     Richmond – 2nd to 4th September 2013

21.     Burke - 23rd to 27th September 2013

22.     Carpentaria - 9th- 24th September 2013

23.     Mt Isa - October 2013

24.     Cloncurry - October 2013

25.     Croydon -  21st – 24th October 2013

SEQ WD Management Group shires

26.     North Burnett – August/Sept 2013

27.     South Burnett - 16th to 20th September 2013

28.     Cherbourg - 16th to 20th September 2013

29.     Gympie RC -  23rd to 27th September 2013

30.     Sunshine Coast RC –

31.     Bundaberg - 26th August – 13th September

32.     Somerset Region 15th July, 2nd September and 25th November

33.     Morteon Bay – ,

34.     Locker Valley –11th September 2013

35.     Scenic Rim – 9th to 20th September 2013

36.     Ipswich – 9th to 20th September 2013

37.     Gold Coast City Council – Sept 11th - 4th Oct 2013

38.     Fraser Coast - end of Aug through to early Oct 2013

NSW - Border Areas

39.     Tenterfield / Glen Innes -

40.     Lednapper WD Action Group – 11th October 2013




John Cuskelly

Biosecurity Officer

Biosecurity Queensland



Wild Dog Bulletin #12: Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) Funding

Hello All,


Information from AWI


"Applications are now being sought for the next Wild Dog Control program from Australian Wool Innovation (AWI). Stage one achieved control methods across 1.3 million square kilometres of country in every mainland state of Australia through almost 50 wild dog control groups.

Given these results, the AWI Board has endorsed the investment of a million dollars as part of the Community Wild Dog Control Initiative with both new and existing control groups encouraged to apply for funding. Existing wild dog groups have been assisted in various ways, from purchasing refrigeration to keep fresh meat for baiting through to assistance with wild doggers and aerial baiting programs.

Groups are encouraged to assess their situation strategically and co-ordinate their action plan with other community groups such as Landcare for the benefit of various stakeholders. AWI is keen to assist groups develop long term solutions."

For more information and to apply see: http://www.wool.com/Media-Releases.htm?item=9366.htm


Wild Dog Bulletin #8: Use of Strychnine


Hello All,


Strychnine may still be used in wild dog control, particularly to ensure quick [humane] death of dogs in foot hold traps.  However, as with all tools, it must be used legally and wisely, otherwise access to it will be put at risk.


Attached is the Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority Permit to allow the use, and it specifies how strychnine is to be used - users are required to be familiar with these requirements. [Note permit has been extended to March 2016]

Users should be aware of the safe use, storage, disposal, first aid, etc as discussed in this QHeallth fact sheet -


Also, below is the link for the necessary form for individuals to apply for Strychnine Permit issued by Queensland Health





John Cuskelly

Biosecurity Officer

Biosecurity Queensland



Wild Dog Bulletin #7: Aerial Baiting   ResearchSome research from WA



Researching the fate of baits

Dept Ag & Food Western Australia Research has given pastoralists confidence about the effectiveness of aerial baiting programs.  DAFWA research officer Malcolm Kennedy said  aerial baiting, across large and inaccessible areas where dogs are known to be active, was already recognised as a cost-effective and efficient control method.


“However, there has been a lack of knowledge about where baits are ending up – that is, the proportion of baits landing in locations that are inaccessible to wild dogs is unknown. Bait rates are sometimes increased to overcome this uncertainty, potentially increasing costs and risks to non-target animals.”


DAFWA’s research, funded by the National Australian Pest Animal Research Program, was undertaken in tandem with the Pilbara Regional Biosecurity Group aerial baiting, with assistance from local landholders and DAWA regional staff.


Non-toxic baits with radio-transmitters embedded in them were dropped across four landforms in the Pilbara (riparian vegetation, open ground with tussock grass, breakaways and gorges), and then located using radio-telemetry. The availability of each bait to wild dogs was then visually assessed.


“The availability of each bait was identified as high, moderate or low – with open ground being high and embedded in Spinifex or other inaccessible areas being low,” Dr Kennedy said.


“Ninety two per cent of baits across all areas fell into the high availability category with a further 7.5% considered to be moderately available.

“Landholders in the rangelands can be confident then that when baiting in areas of wild dog activity, the vast majority of baits deployed from aircraft will be available to wild dogs. This outcome corroborates the effectiveness of aerial baiting when used as a component of integrated wild dog control.”



There are increasingly more organisations/individuals in wild dog control.

It seems the downside of this can be competition for funding and kudos.  This can result in deliberate non-collaboration between organisations and their members in working with landholders to control dogs - which tends to result in dogs being anything but controlled!
I would urge all landholders to apply this test - if an organisation is holding a wild dog activity, has the Local Government/local Wild Dog Management Advisory Committee been fully involved at the grass roots level?
Local Government/local Wild Dog Management Advisory Committees will know what control is being done in their local area and who is doing it, and where stock are being impacted.  They will also have the best local knowledge, rather than outside parties.
If you feel as a landholder your LG/WDMAC is not being fully involved, voice your concern! - it is your $$$ via taxes/industry levies being used.





Wild Dog Bulletin #1: WDMAC Meeting Process


Hello All,

How can WDMACs maintain enthusiasm?  One way is by running meetings that are effective; that focus on the outcome of minimising dog impacts.

Standard good meeting process is tried and tested, and is followed for a reason [i.e. achieving results]

Having frequently been a guest speaker I think guest speakers should be invited to speak last in General Business -  get the local nuts and bolts stuff done before seeking input from outside the shire.






[Should include Chairman, Working Group Leaders, Councillor, Stock Routes Officer, Qld Parks & Wildlife Service, Biosecurity Qld, natural resource management groups]









  • Chairs report
  • An area report from each Working Group Leader
  • Stock route supervisor's report
  • A brief written report should be tabled for each of the above - it should be documented for each area as to what properties were involved in baiting, meat amounts used and baiting stations active.  There should also be a full report tabled on any official trapping activity.
  • After a full shire baiting, a complete shire report should be compiled. 



Could include :

  • Dog activity;
  • baiting dates;
  • provision of meat;
  • budget report & recommendations;
  • dog information to be mapped.
  • guest speaker.





John Cuskelly

Biosecurity Officer [Wild Dog Coordinator]

Biosecurity QueenslandWild Dog Bulletin #36: Winton Shire WDMAC's keys to success

The Winton WDMAC was formulised in August 2011, and have had great success.  For twelve months now they have been achieving 90%+ of properties within the shire participating in their landholder led control programmes.



They believe the reasons for their success are -


  1. Communication
  2. Strong local Council support
  3. Strong leadership (chair/working group leaders that are passionate about wild dog control).
  4. Landholder participation.
  5. A strong Wild Dog Management Advisory Committee.


Some comments from Winton landholders -

  • We have had success here with good landholder participation because the working group leaders have put a lot of effort into making other landholders aware that they need to be involved. 
  • We have made people realise that if they don't participate they will jeopardise the success of the whole operation. 
  • People want to see a result and we got one fairly quickly; everyone wants to be involved in something that is working.
  • The working group/division leaders spend a lot of time on the phone talking to people just before baiting. 
  • The key to everything is communication. 
  • We like the committee to resolve any major issues that come up even if we have to call meeting - this keeps the committee involved in all decision making.
  • We have a Chair that is consistent and fair and not frightened to table difficult issues at our meetings in a inoffensive way.


Wild Dog Bulletin #34: Myths and Furphies

G'day All,


I am often approached via email from hunting groups, saying they wish to get involved in wild dog control.  Some of these emails seem to be targeting landholders, and are sent out ad hoc.  


Of great concern is that some of these push wild dog myths, claims that include -

  • 1080 does not kill wild dogs
  • 1080 wipes out native animals
  • 1080 is inhumane [however shooting - even by bow - is always humane...] 
  • shooting by itself will achieve great control
  • paying bounties to hunter members will achieve great control

The use of misinformation to gain access to land to hunt makes it harder to control dogs. 


Wild dog management groups need to ensure that their work is not undermined by people pushing self-serving myths.







Wild Dog Bulletin #33: CWQ Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD)

Hello All,


The  shires of Barcoo, Boulia, Barcaldine,  Blackall-Tambo,  Diamantina,  Longreach and Winton make up the Central Western Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD) 


The area they cover is almost 25% of Qld. 


They have recently set the scalp bounty across all shires at $30.





Wild Dog Bulletin #32: Landholder Led Wild Dog Control - South Australia



You may want to watch this 5 minute video on landholder driven wild dog control in SA.


A little back ground - in SA, local government doesn't have a wild dog control role, and aerial baiting wasn't allowed in the past.











Wild Dog Bulletin #31: Landholder Participation Rates


Hello All,

There was a lot of feedback on Wild Dog Beer Yarns - the bulk of people saying Beer Yarns stifle dog control planning.  Something to think about at your next meeting.


Something else to consider is the number or percentage of landholders participating in dog control.  One of the ways to look at this is to ask your shire's stock route supervisor/rural lands officer to provide rough figures on the last baiting programme.  This should give an indication of the number of landholders baiting, the % of landholders baiting, and the % of area of the shire being treated.


In general terms, shires having success in dog control naturally have higher levels of people and hectares involved in baiting programs.


Of course this isn't rocket science, but it is often overlooked.




John Cuskelly

Biosecurity Officer

Biosecurity Queensland

Wild Dog Bulletin #30: Wild Dog Beer Yarns.


Hello All,


I have talked quite a few times about the wild dog 'myth' yarns that de-motivate landholders and community members in working on collaborative broad scale dog management.  [Myth example - 1080 doesn't work anymore]

Another type of story that crops up in meetings is what I call 'Wild Dog Beer Yarns'. 

These Wild Dog Beer Yarns are the stories that, while perhaps true, do not help shire Wild Dog Management Advisory Committees [WDMAC] make the decisions needed to control dogs locally over the 12 months ahead.  However, they may go well with a beer on a Friday night.

So what do these  WDBYs sound like?  Well, they might be about the huge dog Uncle Basil  shot in '68, a dog incident 2 000 km away, interesting colour variations seen  or the secret lure Stinky Bill used in his traps etc.    But they do not sound like local landholders planning actions to focus on getting on top of local dog problems.


John Cuskelly

Biosecurity Officer

Biosecurity Queensland 





Wild Dog Bulletin #26: Donkeys Deals


1. I have only BONDED WEANER DONKEYS weaned off their mothers at approximately 6 to 10 months!

2. I have not being successful in bonding mature age donkeys to date. It seems very hit and miss.

3. To date, I have used mature age donkeys for breeding purposes only.

4. One Jack donkey is plenty on one property, as two will fight and end up injured and/or probably killed by one or the other.

I thought I should pass this on before people commit to purchasing donkeys!

Hello All, I have been asked to pass on the classified below.  If you are thinking about getting into donkeys, please remember these animals need to be managed properly as they are a pest in some areas.

Of interest may be the 'Guardian animals protecting Livestock - Donkeys' webinar that was held by Leading Sheep, the end of 2011. The recording is available to be viewed, please click on the following link. I hope it provides you with some relevant information on donkeys and their use as Guardian animals.



John Cuskelly

Biosecurity Officer

Biosecurity Queensland

Ph: 4669 0814 Mob: 0427 063 218

Email john.cuskelly@daff.qld.gov.au

PO Box 993 Dalby Q 4405

After many enquires of late from Sheep & Wool Producers looking for Donkeys to use as Guardian Animals for sheep.
If interested we are currently able to source at least 4 decks of wild donkeys which equates to 128 animals.These are wild donkeys with no training (Bonding with sheep) so please keep that in mind.
Donkeys will be delivered to the Roma Sale Yards with no drop off points, so you will have to make arrangements to pick up from the Roma Sale Yards.
Donkeys will be roughly of mature age and may vary in sizes.

  • Aprox Price per head $400 Inc GST
  • We would like to sell in deck loads which is 32 donkeys per deck although purchase lots of 10 maybe possible.

If you are interested in sourcing donkeys for this specific need please call me on the below number.


Bruce Lines
Account Manager Wool - Landmark

Landmark Operations Ltd (ABN 73 008 743 217), 123 Boundary Road, Rocklea, QLD 4106, Australia
T: +61 07 4622 1088 | F: +61 07 4622 3668 | M: +61 0448 659 511

Wild Dog Bulletin 25  Dogs use the Ferry - apparently.

Hello All,

We have spoken about this before but it keeps cropping up.  People involved in wild dog control need to confront these myths in their local area, as myths undermine groups trying to engage others to control dogs.

 Q.  Have dingoes from Fraser Island ever been captured and released into the wild anywhere on the mainland?


No, although some dingo pups might have been smuggled off the island. At no time has there ever been any legal relocation of dingoes off Fraser Island into wild areas on the mainland, so any stories to the contrary are just urban myths. 

Yellow or sandy-coloured dingoes and wild dogs are found all over Australia and in south-east Asia. Dingoes are naturally inquisitive, are quick learners, and often approach new and interesting objects including vehicles and people. Dingoes from anywhere can be seen more frequently in places where people ignore or encourage them. However, when dingoes are persecuted or harassed, they quickly learn to become reclusive and secretive, so are often difficult to see or find.


 Added to this, some people will have seen researchers transporting dogs for field research - a case of 2 + 2 = 5.



Wild Dog Bulletin 24

Hello All,


To me this is the most important single issue in controlling wild dogs, and yet one of the least talked about publically.  We can't make progress without participation.


Q. Why should I participate in wild dog control when I don’t  think I have a problem?


There are several good reasons why every landholder should participate in community programs for wild dog control.  


Firstly, because wild dogs can live undetected almost anywhere, places where wild dog control is not being done may be the source of continued problems for others.   Reducing wild dog populations is best achieved when everyone is regularly involved across large areas, and your inaction could be making it harder for your neighbours, with flow-on effects to your entire community.  


Secondly, although you might not have a problem with wild dogs now, you might in the future, and it is far easier to prevent their arrival than it is to get rid of them once they have established. Regular participation in a community wild dog control program is good insurance against a future risk.  


Thirdly, successful control programs need just a bit of work from a lot of people, not a lot of work by just a few. Your contribution helps.





John Cuskelly

Biosecurity Officer

Biosecurity Queensland


Wild Dog Bulletin #23: Trapping wild Dogs



Some frequently asked questions on trapping.  Also, a double DVD on trapping is available at the following link - http://www.feral.org.au/ifoot-hold-traps-for-wild-dogs-and-foxes-dvd/


I’ve never trapped before and dingoes are so cunning. How could I ever catch one?

Wild dogs can be difficult to trap, especially when they have been exposed to shooting and trapping in the past. However, the use of modern traps and trapping techniques can improve your ability to trap wild dogs. There are also a variety of resources available for people wanting to learn how to trap. Contacting your local vertebrate pest control agency or a commercial trap supplier is a good place to start.


Can you catch a wild dog twice?

Yes, but it is difficult. Most trapped wild dogs are destroyed, but some are occasionally released for research purposes. This often requires the recovery of a tracking collar or recapture of the animal. Some individual wild dogs have been recaptured and handled two, three or up to five times. Wild dogs that have escaped a trap may be more difficult to trap the next time around, but it is possible.


Isn’t trapping wild dogs the best option for control?

There are a variety of options that managers can use to control wild dogs. These include poisoned baits, shooting, trapping (a variety of trap types exist) and other techniques. Different tools are more useful than others in certain situations. For example, trapping may be more appropriate in an urban or fragmented area where baiting is unsuitable. On the other hand, baiting may be a better option for larger inaccessible areas where trapping is unsuitable. So, trapping can be the best tool for some areas, but it is not the best option everywhere.



Wild Dog Bulletin #22: Leading Sheep - dog fence project

Hello All,

An idea discussed sometime ago but now to get up and running - Leading Sheep are gathering some information and developing some case studies on the different types of Wild Dog fencing  in use by producers, which would be made available on the Leading Sheep site. 

They are looking at getting such information as:  

  •  cost to build and maintain,  
  •  photo's  of fence,  
  •  land types  etc  
  •  pro's and con's  
  • producer thoughts!  

 If anyone is interested in helping Leading Sheep gather this information or know of some producers who have put up a fence and might be interested in helping please contact Alex Stirton  [Charleville] on 0746 544 212 or alex.stirton@daff.qld.gov.au  or Kate Nicholas (Longreach) 07  4650   1225 or kate.nicholas@daff.qld.gov.au

Wild Dog Bulletin #20: Question about Frequently Asked Questions re Ecology & Behaviour

A question from  last week re wild dogs killing domestic dogs -


Q.  Thanks John, one question I would like to ask is why domestic dogs are taken by wild dogs when there is ample food in the area, say for example in our perri-urban areas where we get reports of (roaming)  domestics getting taken by wild dogs, there would appear to be plenty of critical resources such as rodents and food scraps in these areas to reduce the territorial behaviour as Ben mentions     

[" Wandering domestic dogs are readily killed by wild dogs. However, territorial behaviour may be greatly reduced in places where there are plenty of critical resources (such as food/prey) "]  

 A. Ben ' s  Answer - We dont really know a lot about interactions between wild and domestic dogs in urban areas. Even though resources are unlimited and territoriality may be reduced, some dogs just take offence to the presence of another for some strange reason. It never ceases to amaze me how two domestic dogs being led by their owners along a beach during an afternoon stroll can see each other for the first time and have an instant dislike (or like) for each other.

I have a hunch that it may be related to the behaviour of domestic dogs, which probably dont well know how to react submissively to a wild dog.

I think domestic dogs are killed by dingoes for food, perceived competition, or they just didnt behave the right the way on different occasions. I'm sure the owner of the mauled pet dogs ask themselves the same question - what did my dog do to deserve that? 

Thanks to Ben Allen for the info above.


Wild Dog Bulletin #19: Frequently Asked Questions re Ecology & Behaviour


Some info on wild dog ecology and behaviour.  An understanding of the first point underlines why collaborative control is so important.


Just a note - the feedback or questions relating to these FAQ I pass on to the author to incorporate in future drafts, so please keep them coming.  Also, 'DAFF' has replaced 'DEEDI' in my email address - i.e. john.cuskelly@daff.qld.gov.au


How far can wild dogs travel?

Wild dogs have been known to travel over 1,300 km in four months, and over 500 km away from their point of origin in 30 days. All adult wild dogs cover up to 30 km in a day. Most of the time, these movements are contained within the dog’s territory, but when the dog is dispersing, large distances can be travelled relatively quickly. In a central Queensland study, about 15% of wild dogs moved over 100 km from their place of origin.


How well can wild dogs smell?

Dogs have an acute sense of smell, and studies have shown they can detect chemicals at levels as low as a few parts per billion, and even parts per trillion. Dogs even detect traces of chemicals that sensitive machines and equipment cannot detect. Trained sniffer dogs are widely used throughout the world because of this ability. Wild dogs undoubtedly smell steel, diesel and a wide range of other things used during trap setting, but we believe that 1080 powder and liquid is odourless. Dogs’ remarkable sense of smell is an essential factor to consider when controlling wild dogs.


Do wild dogs kill new dogs coming into their territory?

Wild dogs are territorial and often kill invading dogs. Wandering domestic dogs are readily killed by wild dogs. However, territorial behaviour may be greatly reduced in places where there are plenty of critical resources (such as food/prey). This is why high densities of wild dogs can exist around dumps, urban areas and places of high prey availability.


Thanks to Ben Allen for the info above.




Wild Dog Bulletin #18: Even  More Frequently Asked Questions


Some more general info re baiting.  There are many misconceptions in the community, so the more knowledge we can share with our community, the more we can influence greater participation.


Can pet dogs be poisoned by baits intended for wild dogs?

Yes. Accidental poisoning of domestic animals is most likely to happen if they stray into baited areas and eat bait. Another way pet dogs can be poisoned is if poisoned wild dogs or foxes eat a bait, walk into a pet’s territory, and then vomit it up. Such vomitus is both attractive and potentially lethal to pet dogs.


Do wild dogs refuse baits after they’ve tasted warm meat?

No. Many wild dogs succumb to baiting programs despite having previously eaten freshly captured prey.


Do wild dogs get bait-shy after taking a sub-lethal dose of 1080?

Few studies have investigated this, but it could be reasonably expected that an animal that has eaten a sub-lethal dose (and felt sick) is less likely to eat another bait. Bait shyness may develop if a population is regularly exposed to sub-lethal doses of poisoned bait. This is one reason why baits typically contain more poison than that needed to kill an average individual animal.


Can wild dogs become bait-shy, trap-shy and shoot-shy?

Absolutely. Negative experiences of any kind can lead to shyness. To avoid this, best-practice principles should always be followed: baiting should be done in accordance with label instructions, traps should be set to avoid an animal escaping once caught, and a shot should only be fired when a quick and humane death is certain.



Wild Dog Bulletin #17: More Frequently Asked Questions


Some more general info re baiting.  There are many misconceptions in the community, so the more knowledge we can share with our community, the more we can influence greater participation.


Do all poisons result in a slow and painful death to whatever animal eats it?

No. Different poisons work in different ways, and even the same poison can work differently in different species. Some poisons can kill animals quickly and painlessly, while others might be less humane. Some toxins (such as 1080, or sodium fluoroacetate) can appear to cause pain and distress when they actually do not. Some poisons are lethal to some animals and yet harmless to others. Ideally, the best poison is one that produces a quick, painless death to the intended (target) animal.


Do animals that eat poisoned animals die too?

Sometimes. This is known as ‘secondary poisoning’ and can happen, depending on a number of factors. These include: the type of poison, the way it works, how much was in the bait, how many baits the first animal ate, how many poisoned animals were eaten by the scavenger, which parts of the poisoned animal were eaten by the scavenger, and whether or not the scavenger is vulnerable to that poison. Some poisons have this secondary effect while others do not. In many cases, the poison breaks down in the dead animal so quickly that a secondary animal can safely eat it without ill effect. In other cases, poison concentrations can be high enough in the dead animal (which ate an excessive amount of poison before it died) that secondary poisoning might occur. In most cases, the ‘meat’ on a dead animal is unlikely to contain lethal amounts of poison. However, as a precaution, all poisoned animals should be handled carefully and not be eaten by humans or pets.


Has 1080 stopped killing wild dogs?

No. Scientific evidence confirms that 1080 is still an effective and efficient poison for killing a variety of pest animals. However, some environmental and practical factors mean that 1080 baits can sometimes fail to reduce wild dog populations. To kill an animal, the bait must first be eaten by a susceptible animal and then have enough poison in it to work. Several factors contribute to this, including the quality and quantity of the bait, weather conditions, and the presence of other animals likely to eat the bait first. If animals receive sub-lethal doses and then recover, they may be more wary of eating a bait a second time. The challenge is to kill enough wild dogs before baits  lose their potency or are taken by other animals.


 Thanks to Ben Allen for the info above.




John Cuskelly

Biosecurity Officer

Biosecurity Queensland



Wild Dog Bulletin #16: Frequently Asked Questions


Everyone involved in wild dog control needs to be able to answer questions like this, from the public meeting to the BBQ.  Hope this helps.



Wild dogs don’t eat baits because they’re predators, not scavengers, right?

No. Wild dogs are definitely both predators and scavengers. However, like humans, wild dogs are very individual, having different likes and dislikes despite their obvious commonalities. Wild dogs might leave baits uneaten for a variety of reasons, but not because they do not scavenge. Wild dogs often pass by baits the first time but then come back and eat them a short time later.


Why would a wild dog eat a bait when it has fresh meat (ie livestock/prey) available?

As mentioned above, wild dogs are not only predators but also scavengers, and it is far easier for them to eat a ‘free’ meal than to chase an animal down. While dogs usually prefer a fresh meal, most will eat baits if they smell and taste good enough. Baits can kill significant numbers of wild dogs in the presence of abundant livestock and wildlife prey.


Is there any actual evidence that wild dogs take baits?

Yes, plenty. First hand observations, camera recordings and bait-take experiments have all shown that wild dogs take baits. The number of wild dogs that take baits varies from study to study, but baiting can reduce wild dog activity by over 70%, and sometimes up to 100%. However, such reductions are usually short-lived unless follow-up baiting is done within a few weeks or months.


 Thanks to Ben Allen for the info above.


 Wild Dog Bulletin #14: Media item

A wild dog research project is underway at Glen Innes in NSW, where scientists and local landholders are working together to explore the most effective rates for aerial baiting.

The $1.33 million NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) project, funded by Australian Wool Innovation and the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre, aims to improve the understanding and management of wild dogs.

 Researcher Guy Ballard, said 24 wild dogs have been trapped and fitted with global positioning system (GPS) tracking devices in the Red Range - Pinkett Wild Dog Control Association area.

“Data from the GPS collars will give us vital insights into how the animals behave,” Dr Ballard said.

“The study will inform our understanding of these pest animals so we will be better equipped to develop effective management strategies.

“One key outcome from our work near Walcha in 2010 and 2011, was that more than 90 per cent of the wild dogs we trapped and tracked were killed by aerial baits when a rate of 40 baits per kilometre was used.”

NSW DPI is working closely with local landholders, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and New England Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA) to measure the success of aerial baiting with 1080 poison at rates of 10 and 40 baits per kilometre.

Dr Ballard said the project results will be used to inform federal decision makers about the most effective rate for control.

“Our ultimate aim is to reduce the negative impacts of wild dogs on livestock enterprises, local communities and the environment,” he said.

“While we can track the collars, if anyone finds a collar or shoots a dog with a collar, we would appreciate its return to ensure we maximise data retrieval.”



Wild Dog Bulletin #13: Qld Pest Animal Symposium

We are delighted to announce the program of the Queensland Pest Animal Symposium 2012, to be held 30 July - 2 August 2012 at the Sunshine Coast Function Centre, Caloundra, Queensland.

Continuing on from the success of the event in 2010, the Symposium will feature outstanding oral and poster presentations addressing a wide range of topics. The Program Committee is confident that the Symposium will inspire and provide those in attendance opportunities to listen and learn from prominent leaders in the pest animal management field.

Click here to download the program. Please visit the website for regular updates.




Wild Dog Bulletin #12: Brett Carlsson


Brett Carlsson has recently started with AgForce [funded by Australian Wool Innovation] to facilitate broad scale wild dog control.

He will be working with landholder dog groups and local government north of the Wild Dog Barrier Fence - in the first instance, in the shires of Longreach, Winton, Flinders and Barcaldine.


 Brett can be contacted on 0428 730 553 or carlssonb@agforceprojects.org.au




Wild Dog Bulletin #11: The Paroo Model of Wild Dog Control booklet

Hello All

There is new information on the feral.org website - look at http://www.feral.org.au/pestsmart/wild-dogs/

 One of the documents available for download is about the landholders of the Paroo Shire organising themselves to take control of wild dogs -

 Paroo Model of Wild Dog Control

Describes the successful wild dog management program developed and implemented in the Paroo Shire in Queensland.





Hello All

You may be interested in viewing/hearing the Webinar held last year on Donkeys used for guardian animals.

The bulk of the presentation is by producers currently using donkeys, speaking on their experiences.

To do so click on the link below - you will hear the audio and follow the presentation. 


John Cuskelly

Biosecurity Officer

Biosecurity Queensland

 The 'Guardian animals protecting Livestock - Donkeys' webinar that was held by Leading Sheep,  at the end of 2011. The recording is available to be viewed, please click on the following link. I hope it provides you with some relevant information on donkeys and their use as Guardian animals.


If you are thinking about getting into donkeys, please remember these animals need to be managed properly as they are a pest in some areas.

Other webinar recording will also be available on our Leading Sheep website in the coming months.

Let me know if you have any questions.


Alex Stirton


DEEDI, Charleville

4654 4212




Wild Dog Bulletin #8:  Wild Dog Myths - Myth C


Another of the Myths - these can quickly de- motivate people to be involved in wild dog control - so it is important that all people involved in wild dog control, especially landholders, are able to defuse the myths when they are promoted in the community .  Few things derail a dog meeting faster than myths being accepted as fact.


Myth  C -  The Wild Dog Barrier Fence is falling down [- therefore why should I be involved in dog control?]


Within Qld, the WD Barrier Fence is 2 500 km, with a budget of $2M/year, and a staff of 20.  Naturally a fence this long will at times be breached - floods, fires, feral animals, human intervention, etc.  Its intention is to stop large numbers of dogs constantly moving to the 'inside' country.  However, it cannot control dogs already within its areas - that is up to people. 


Interestingly, when floods breached the fence last year in a western area the local dog group - off their own bat - quickly aerially baited the breached area.



Factsheets dispelling myths will soon be in place with other wild dog resources at http://www.feral.org.au/pestsmart/wild-dogs/




Wild Dog Bulletin #7:  Goomburra predator control day



Goomburra [Warwick district] Predator Control Day 30th March - details attached.


John Cuskelly

Biosecurity Officer

Biosecurity Queensland





Wild Dog Bulletin #6:  Wild Dog Myths - Myth B



Another of the Myths - these can quickly de- motivate people to be involved in wild dog control - so it is important that all people involved in wild dog control, especially landholders, are able to defuse the myths when they are promoted in the community  Few things derail a dog meeting faster than myths being accepted as fact.


 Myth B. They bring dogs over from Fraser Island to the mainland - that  is why some dogs we see are quite unafraid of us.

At no time has there ever been any legal relocation of dingoes off Fraser Island into wild areas on the mainland.  I think a cause of this urban legend may be people encountering young dogs that are naturally inquisitive, often approaching new and interesting objects including vehicles and people.  Added to this, some people will have seen researchers transporting dogs for field research - a case of 2 + 2 = 5.

However, when dogs are persecuted or harassed, they quickly learn to become reclusive and secretive, so are often then difficult to see or find.

Factsheets dispelling this myths will soon be in place with other wild dog resources at http://www.feral.org.au/pestsmart/wild-dogs/  [Thanks Ben]

Wild Dog Bulletin #5:  Wild Dog Myths - Myth A

Something important to be discussed is what I call the Wild Dog Myths, so will cover them over the next few emails.


These myths can effectively de- motivate people to be involved in wild dog control - so it is important that all people involved in wild dog control, especially landholders, are able to defuse the myths when they are promoted in the community  Few things derail a dog meeting faster than myths being accepted as fact.


Myth A - 1080 Doesn't Work


There is a mountain of research on this - e.g.  the levels of 1080 required to provide a lethal dose - and it has been repeatedly demonstrated that if a dog takes a treated bait, it ceases to live. 

Often those who promote the myth of 1080 not working on wild dogs will accept that it will, if misused, kill domestic dogs - I am not sure how that works?


The focus in a 1080 campaign needs to be looking at how to optimise the wild dog's opportunity and likelihood of taking the bait - time of year, bait attractiveness, bait placement, etc.  That is, 1080 cant kill a dog if the dog doesn't take the bait.



Wild Dog Bulletin #2: Wild dog workshops - Wanaaring 7th Feb and Tibooburra 8th Feb



Wild dog workshops in western NSW
Please find attached the fliers for the next two Wild Dog Management workshops to be held at the Wanaaring Town Hall on Tuesday 7th February and also the Albert Hall in Tibooburra on Wednesday the 8th February.
The Engonnia workshop held in November was great, and the one scheduled for Wanaaring earlier this month was also meant to be even greater (over 50 people had said they were coming), although the rain unfortunately forced us to postpone it (and the floodwaters continue to rise in the area). We have now rescheduled the workshop for Wanaaring and have organised another one for Tibooburra on the following day.  

 All are welcome to attend any workshop. Importantly, those interested in attending MUST RSVP BY THE DUE DATE in order to finalise catering and allow for any more unexpected contingencies (such as more rain and flooding).   Feel free to email me any time for more information. 
Ben Allen
Vertebrate Pest Research Unit
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Broken Hill NSW 2880

Office: 08 8088 9300
Mobile: 0400 087 518

Email 1: vimpem@yahoo.com.au
Email 2: benjamin.allen@industry.nsw.gov.au


Wild Dog Bulletin #1: Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre PestSmart Roadshow - Qld dates


Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre PestSmart Roadshow - Qld dates

The Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre is bringing the PestSmart Roadshow to a place near you in 2012.  Includes updates research and management developments to control wild dogs, rabbits, foxes, feral pigs and carp.

The PestSmart Roadshow is carried out in conjunction with the IACRC partners Australian Wool Innovation, Meat and Livestock Australia and the Murray‐Darling Basin Authority.  

 The Roadshow will also showcase the PestSmart Toolkits – which is a national online collection of invasive species information. The IACRC encourages graziers, land managers and others with invasive animal responsibility to visit the website: www.feral.org.au/pestsmart/and examine the PestSmart Toolkits on specific invasive animals to guide them in policy, legislation, control tools, best‐practice management and implementation.

Places are limited so you MUST register at http://pestsmart.eventbrite.com.au/for each Roadshow and for catering purposes [free morning and afternoon teas and lunch] - starts at 8am through to 5pm. 

New products to be covered include:

  • Wild dogs and foxes: PAPP baits, Blue‐Healer™ antidote , mechanical bait /toxin ejectors and Lethal Trap Devices
  • Feral pigs: PIGOUT®, PIGOUT® Econobait, HOG‐GONE®, HogHopper™ and a nitrite concentrate
  • Rabbits: carbon monoxide fumigator and freeze‐dried Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease for carrots
  • Foxes and cats: spray tunnel technology.

For more information, please see the website at www.feral.org.au/pestsmart/roadshowor phone Suzy Balogh 0418 417 943, email: suzy.balogh@invasiveanimals.com.




Wild Dog Bulletin #50:  Australian Government Biodiversity Fund - Call for Projects


I have been asked to circulate this - some wild dog groups have been successful in applying for funds this year, and there may be possibilities with this one.

The Australian Government has called for projects by 31 January 2012 that includes a component focussed on Managing threats to biodiversity (Theme 3). http://www.environment.gov.au/cleanenergyfuture/biodiversity-fund/apply.html.

According to information on the website, the Australian Government is interested in project activities including, but not limited to:

• reducing and preventing the spread of invasive species into new habitats, including those in wildlife corridors, national parks and other areas of high biodiversity and carbon value

• reducing the impacts of invasive species across connected landscapes
• developing and establishing specific enabling technologies and systems such as novel approaches to invasive species management in connected landscapes

• building capacity of individuals and organisations to manage high impact invasive species threats to biodiversity.


Possibilities that may exist -

  • working on dog control that would also impact pigs/foxes/cats
  • looking at areas that have native species that are threatened by dogs - rarer wallabies, bilbies, bettongs etc
  • perhaps discuss with your local Natural Resource Management group.


Guardian Animals protecting



Guardian animals are a useful tool in helping prevent your livestock being attacked by predators.


Hear from researchers and producer's who use guardian animals on their propertiesit is a great opportunity to find out what's involved and ask them any question's you may have!


 Maremmas - Monday 12th December at 1pm (QLD time)

Ninian Stewart-Moore, ’Dunluce’ Hughenden

Lee Allen, Biosecurity Queensland                                         


          To register for the Maremma webinar click here


Donkeys - Wednesday 14th December at 1pm (QLD time)

Andrew Martin, ’Toolmaree’ Tambo

Bruce McLeish, ‘Warahgai’ Karara

David Jenkins, Charles Sturt University                                              


            To register for the Donkey webinar click here


Alpacas - Friday 16th December at 1pm (QLD time)

Pat Hegarty, ‘Colanya’ Longreach

Peter Sheehan, ‘Trinidad’ Quilpie

David Jenkins, Charles Sturt University





For further information contact:
Alex Stirton, DEEDI Charleville, 07 4654 4212 or alex.stirton@deedi.qld.gov.au


Support with registering and joining the webinar is available from:

Amanda Hicks 07 4620 8125 or amanda.hicks@deedi.qld.gov.au  or

Tony Hamilton 0429 879 458 or tony.hamilton@deedi.qld.gov.au or

GoToWebinar Helpline on 1800 356 792

Wild Dog Bulletins #43: Wild dog managment workshop and training - Enngonia & Wanaaring NW NSW


 News on workshops in NW NSW.


RE: Wild dog management workshops and training for NSW western division 
Please find attached the flyer for the  Enngonia CWA Hall (100km north of Burke/100km south of Cunnamulla)  and Wanaaring wild dog management workshop. We're hoping to have workshops in the Tibooburra, Broken Hill, and Wentworth areas in the first few months of next year .  Please distribute these fliers as widely as possible - everyone involved or interested in wild dog management (from anywhere) is welcome to attend. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. 

Ben Allen
Vertebrate Pest Research Unit
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Broken Hill NSW 2880

Office: 08 8088 9300
Mobile: 0400 087 518

Email 1: vimpem@yahoo.com.au
Email 2: benjamin.allen@industry.nsw.gov.au



Wild Dog Bulletin #42 - New trapping DVD from Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre


A new self-help DVD that shows producers how to use traps in wild dog control

The DVDManaging Vertebrate Pests - introduction to using foot hold traps for the capture of wild dogs and foxes includes State-by-State guides to regulations for the use of foot hold traps and provides a snapshot of proven tips and techniques from a variety of locations across Australia.

It contains two hours of footage and was produced with the guidance of professional trappers to enable landholders to confidently undertake trapping as part of integrated wild dog control program.

Copies of the DVD are available free of charge by contacting the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre on email:contact@invasiveanimals.com or (02) 6201 2887.



Community discussions on wild dogs often raise the subject of bounties, and the subject can cover many areas - opportunistic bounties, strategic bounties, funding mechanisms, etc.

The attached gives some thoughts on bounties - this may help when the subject comes up in community discussions.


Queensland wide, all Wild Dog Management Advisory Groups wrestle with the question of timing the 1080 baiting.  There is not always a clear cut answer.


There are of course two main aspects  -


1. The dog side - what are the times of year when dogs are most likely to take a bait? 




2. The people side - what are the times of year when landholder participation will be at its highest?


Also, the last twelve months threw unusually wet weather into the mix.


The attached Dog Aware sheet may give some food for thought - http://www.dpi.qld.gov.au/documents/Biosecurity_EnvironmentalPests/IPA-Wild-Dog-Fact-Sheet-Control-Planning-Calendar.pdf


Wild Dog Bulletin #36 : Factsheet - Wild dog predation of threatened wildlife

Attached is an interesting fact sheet from Ben Allen, researcher, DPI NSW.


In workshops we have often spoken about members of landholder dog management groups being well equipped/informed on dog topics that arise in the community - I think this factsheet can assist in this regard.


RegardsJohn Cuskelly

Biosecurity Officer

[Wild Dog Coordinator]

Biosecurity Queensland


Wild Dog Baiting Dates - Update #15

Getting to the pointy end of the year, some dates not yet circulated.


Maranoa/Border Area

Balonne Shire 17thto 21st of October 2011

Maranoa Shire - 26 Aug to 5 Sept 2011  and 21 -25 November


South West RED Shires
Murweh 17th October to 21st

Paroo - October 24th to 27
Quilpie - shire wide bait in Sept /Oct - dateTBA
Bulloo - 14 November


SEQ WD Management Group shires
Gold Coast City Council will be baiting at Numinbah Valley 12 October

Morton Bay 3rd October

Somerset July 4th, September 5th and November 28th

Southern Downs - Warwick 1st & 2nd September; Stanthorpe 31st August 

Western Downs - September 12 - 16

Toowoomba RC - southern side week of 22 August

Goondiwindi 6 – 7th September.


Blackall Tambo

Longreach starting on the 20th, 21st and 22nd of October 2011

Winton  10/11/12 Oct & 3/5/6th November

Diamantina - October?
Boulia 9th- 14th October


NW/Gulf Shires
Burke week commencing 10th October
Carpentaria 2nd week of October.
Mt Isa
McKinlay 3rd- 7th Oct  


Flinders; August29th – Sept 2nd & November 7th – 11th 


Dry Tropics;

ChartersTowers Regional Council 3rd Oct- 2nd Nov

Townsville City Council 31st Oct - 4th Nov

Burdekin Shire Council 31st Oct - 11th of Nov 


NSW - Border Areas
Tenterfield / Glen Innes - End of August
Lednapper WD Action Group [Bourke NSW] 21st Oct




Wild Dog Bulletin #33


Bulletin No 33 is attached below as a pdf document as it contains graphics



Wild Dog Bulletin #32


Hello Folks,


Please find below an email from Jane Littlejohn [AWI], forwarded on by Greg Mifsud [National WD Facilitator]


It lists successful groups in Phase 1 and calls for further applications - Phase II, closing 12 August 2011.


Congratulations to the successful groups - and obviously this is another plus for groups driving wild dog control in their communities.


For groups who were not successful or did not have time to apply, please let me know if I can assist.  



Dear Greg

I would like to inform the NWDMAG of AWI’s recent decision to fund a “kill more dogs” program in two phases as a result of the recent call for proposals for wild dogs which closed 6th May 2011.

It is important to note that this is a significant decision by the AWI Board to fund projects that are not eligible for matching Commonwealth money, ie. this is wool levy payer money. The first phase is to the value of $426,000 and this will be distributed between June 2011 and December 2011.

The Board have stipulated criteria for the allocation of these funds: been based on value of product, leverage of funds and measurement of outcome as follows

a. Value of outcome directly (not indirectly) linked to killing wild dogs in endorsed dog control plan aligned with local or state government wild dog strategies or guidelines or any other statutory requirement with local community support and under community control

b. Leverage of wool grower levy of at least 1:1

c. Measurement of outcome from a sample of producers on their intention to increase wool production, on improvements to their own mental wellbeing and anecdotal reports on native wildlife numbers

The successful areas in Phase 1 are:

Barcaldine Qld

Barcoo Qld

Blackall-Tambo Qld

Bulloo Qld

Condamine Catchment Qld

Maranoa Qld

Mountain Maid Qld

Murweh Qld

Paroo Qld

Quilpie QldTraprock Qld

Warroo Balonne Qld

Western Downs Qld

Winton Qld


Barnard River NSW

Carnarvon WA

Darling LHPA  NSW

Meekatharra WA

SA – Arid Lands Board


There were numerous proposals received in the 6th May call that fell outside of the above criteria and these are still progressing through an evaluation process based on the research, development or education value.

Can I request  assistance to promote the Phase 2 call for submissions for “kill more dogs” projects in the remainder of Qld and WA and in NSW and Vic to be received by AWI before Friday 12th August.


Jane Littlejohn BVSc MVPHMgt

On Farm RDE Team Leader and

Project Manager Animal Health and Welfare

Australian Wool Innovation Limited

Level 30, 580 George Street

Sydney NSW 2000

tel: +61 2 8295 3157

fax: +61 2 8295 4157

mobile: 0408 465 320

visit our website at www.wool.com



Wild Dog Bulletin #31 - Mining dumps and dogs

In some areas wild dogs have adapted to scavenging from dumps, and the new permanent food source has then sustained high numbers that keep adding to the total population.

Research has been done in NT at a mine camp where big numbers had bred up - just wondering what steps are needed to remediate where this is currently happening and also prevent further situations arising, given the number of camps likely to go ahead.


Can any shires interested in a workshop for mines please flag their interest and we will see what we can get to happen?



Wild Dog Bulletin #30 - Group Processes

When attending meetings of various Wild Dog Management Advisory Committees in the various shires I am reminded how important good process is.

People come to the table with their own ideas on wild dog control, and also the different ideas of the people they represent. 

To reach consensus on decisions, so as to advise their Shire Council on the best wild dog control, there must be a rigorous process in place - i.e. 

  • landholders knowing who their working group leader is;
  • the working group leader knowing the role and communicating with the members;
  •  the Chair knowing the process and chairing well;
  • Information - reports being submitted/tabled. [e.g. previous baiting amounts & properties; trapping numbers and properties]


Wild Dog Bulletin #29

An idea aired at Thargomindah dog meeting last week that may be useful for some folk - apparently it is in place in some area/s of NSW.

Where piggers are allowed on properties to take pigs with pig dogs, they pay the land manager a bond relating to their pig dogs - e.g. If bringing on 3 dogs they pay $900 bond.  When leaving the property, if they fail to still have the 3 dogs, they forfeit the bond.


If anyone would like further information I have a guide I can send out.