Professional trapper employed to hunt down wild dog
THE National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has engaged a professional trapper to remove a wild dog believed responsible for killing a number of wallabies in Arakwal National Park and Cape Byron State Conservation Area in recent weeks.
Up to four wallabies are believed to have been killed by a dog with some incidents observed by visitors and reported to the NPWS.
NPWS Area Manager, Sue Walker said the reports by neighbours and public of a wild dog killing wallabies enabled a quick and effective response.
"NPWS staff and a local professional trapper are now working collaboratively in Arakwal National Park to remove the wild dog," she said.
"Signage will be placed at park entrances in the area where trapping is undertaken.
"Any domestic dogs caught in the cage traps will be taken to Byron Shire Council Rangers.
Don't let domestic pets roam
"NPWS requests the neighbours and visitors take measures to ensure that domestic animals do not roam into National Parks.
"People are reminded that dogs are not permitted within National Parks and dog owners will be issued with a $300 fine.
"To report a wild dog sighting on Byron national parks land, contact the Byron Coast Area Office on 02 6620 9300.
Control programs underway
"Across various NPWS parks and reserves in the Northern Rivers, wild dog control programs are underway to reduce the numbers of wild dogs and their impacts leading up to the wild dog breeding season.
"In urban areas NPWS encourages neighbours and landholders to report wild dog incidents to local councils and the North Coast Livestock Health and Pest Authority as soon as they occur so that the information can be recorded and an appropriate coordinated response be swift and effective."
To report a wild dog on private property (rural/urban lands) you can report it to the North Coast Local Land Services on 02 6623 3900: