Baiting day to tackle wild dogs

THE Kyogle branch of the NSW Farmers’ Association is hoping up to 100 properties in the Upper Richmond will take part in a baiting day on May 1 in a bid to control the area’s burgeoning wild dog population.

Kyogle branch secretary Russell Bonney estimates, based on anecdotal evidence from farmers and residents, that wild dog numbers in the area north of Kyogle and across to Woodenbong hadincreased by 10 to 15 per cent in the past year.

The dogs attack and kill livestock, particularly calves and weaners, chase horses through fences, and kill domestic dogs.

“They also carry diseases such as neospora, aparasite which causes abortions in cattle, and hydatids, which can be transferred to humans,” Mr Bonney said.

Mr Bonney said the dogs were vicious predators who were a major threat to endangered and critically endangered species such as koalas in the Upper Richmond.

The Upper Richmond wild dog baiting day will be conducted with the help of the North Coast Livestock Health and Pest Authority, and has the support ofNational Parks and Wildlife Service and StateForests.

Anyone wanting to take part must order their baits through Mr Bonney on 6636 6100 or the North Coast LHPA on 6662 3166 by April 27.

Missing swimmer on north coast, search underway

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Hazardous surf warning and one swimmer missing

Ute and truck smash on highway

CRASH RESCUE: At 2am on Sunday the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called out to a crash involving a ute colliding with a truck on the Pacific motorway near Brunswick Heads.

Pacific Highway blocked after ute and truck smash

Ferry return to service delayed

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Service will not resume as expected

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