Move to address wild dog problem

A NEW co-ordinated effort by councils on the Northern Rivers will seek to help address the problem of wild dogs in the area.

At its meeting on Friday, the Northern Rivers Regional Organisation of Councils (NOROC) allocated $50,000 in funding for a pilot program which seeks to treat the cause of the problem (which, according to NOROC, is irresponsible dog owners), as well as the dogs themselves.

The program will include an education component for dog owners to help reduce domestic dogs roaming and breeding with wild dogs, as well as for landholders to raise awareness of their responsibilities in relation to wild dogs on their land.

"The issue of wild dogs is particularly relevant for the Byron and Lismore councils but the development of a pilot project, which treats the cause of the problem as well as the current wild dog problem, will have benefits for all communities in the Northern Rivers," NOROC president and Ballina Shire Mayor Phillip Silver said.

Under the program, region-wide monitoring to identify wild dog hot-spots will be undertaken along with research into the problem.

The most effective means of deploying dog trappers and rangers to address the problem will also be looked at.

"The funds will help quantify the problem, lay down some overarching policies and procedures and will let us determine if it is more efficient for seven councils to act with one ranger versus seven councils acting with their own individual contractors and rangers," Cr Silver said.

 



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