Watch out: wild dog mating season in full swing
MATING season for wild dogs is about to peak, a local expert trapper has warned.
Neil Hing from Local Land Services said dogs are most active in marking and defending territories in March April and May.
He said property owners should be listening for the trademark howls of wild dog packs and alert North Coast Local Land Services if they picked up on any activity.
He said dogs were "everywhere".
"It's one of those things on the North Coast because there is pretty good cover for them," he said.
When asked about the photo above showing dead dogs strung up to a tree in the Woodenbong area, Mr Hing said it was not unusual.
Mr Hing said it was also common practice to hang killed wild dogs from fences and trees.
"When I'm trapping dogs and I need dogs to come back to a particular area, I'll hang that dog tree to get the other dogs to come back," Mr Hing said.
"It'll attract other dogs back to that area.
"Dogs normally live in a pack situation, so if you take a dog out of a pack, they'll go looking for it.
"Often you'll trap a dog, and then get another dog in that same trap a couple of days later, because they'll come back looking for their mate.
"It's usually done in areas which are pretty remote to where people are.
"Usually the only person who would ever see dogs hanging is the property owner.
"Once I'm finished I take those dogs down and bury them. I don't leave them to rot," he added.
"I might only leave them for four or five days.
"It's smelly by then but it's something that I'm used to.
"It's part and parcel of what we do when we're trapping, and it's something that's been handing down over time."
Mr Hing said in some places trappers tied the carcasses to fences to alert their neighbours to the presence of wild dogs.
People who hear or see wild dogs are advised to contact the senior biosecurity officer at North Coast Local Land Services 0402 000 762.