Wild dogs cause fear

By STEPHANIE FORESTER

THEY'RE 'rangy, lean and mean' ? and Mullumbimby artist Turiya Bruce doesn't want to know about them. Except she has no choice.

Last week, Turiya was confronted by a pack of wild dogs on her property, just outside of Mullumbimby.

Fortunately, she said, she was in the car.

"Even though I had the protection of the car, I was frightened," she said.

"I came around a bend in the road on our property and there they were, five of them.

"I can't say they intended to hurt me, but they were a formidable presence nonetheless."

Turiya's partner John sighted the pack outside their home the following day.

"They've been around on and off for the past three years," said Turiya. "This is a high conservation area and the dogs are killing wallabies, as well as endangered species ? we see fur balls in their droppings."

She's had enough. She wants support from the Byron Shire Council. "We've been told to hire a hunter," she said. "That's not good enough."

While domestic dogs were a council responsibility, said a council spokeswoman, wild dogs were not.

Rural Lands Protection Board ranger Neil Hing said he was available to assist landown- ers with the problem. Phone 0402 000 762.

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