PLAN OF ACTION: Balonne Shire team members prepare meat for wild dog baiting.
PLAN OF ACTION: Balonne Shire team members prepare meat for wild dog baiting. Contributed

Campaign to bite back

BALONNE Shire Council is asking landholders to get in early for the upcoming wild dog baiting campaign that will be taking place across the region over the coming weeks.

The program comes on the back of increasing wild dog numbers throughout the Balonne, with the council co-operating with neighbouring shires to help curb the spike.

The council has been working closely with baiting syndicates to hold a co-ordinated wild dog baiting campaign from Monday, April 30, to Friday, May 4.

Community and environmental services director Jamie Gorry said the council's wild dog baiting program, along with trapping programs, had been effective over the last seven months.

"The council received a total of 192 wild dog scalps, which means a proactive control is needed to combat the ongoing problem,” he said.

"Increased exclusion fencing in the Balonne Shire and the surrounding regions has benefited our local landholders with an increase in lambing percentages but it is still necessary to further reduce wild dog numbers.”

Mr Gorry said the council was offering 40kgs of meat baits as an incentive for landholders to participate in the campaign.

"I urge landholders to respond early and return the order form that has been mailed to them before Thursday, April 26, or call council to confirm your participation,” he said.

The project is part of a double-pronged attack of reducing wild dog numbers, with extensive cluster fencing set to be erected throughout the Balonne.

The wild dog baiting strategy has divided the shire into baiting zones, which can be found on the Balonne Shire Council website.

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