by Laura Telford
LANDHOLDERS in the Balonne Shire are being urged to help reduce the number of wild dogs in the region by signing up for the upcoming dog baiting program.
The baiting program, which will be held from May 15-19, is regularly conducted in an effort to reduce wild dog numbers.
Balonne Shire Mayor Richard Marsh said the program played an important role in keeping on top of wild dog numbers.
"Reducing the wild dog population helps protect stock and ensures the economic viability of our producers,” Mayor Richard Marsh said.
Wild Dog Advisory Group chairman Rod Avery said the 1080 baiting program was held twice a year to complement shooting and trapping programs in the shire.
"It's very important for landholders to take part in the baiting program to ensure the numbers of wild dogs are reduced,” Mr Avery said.
"The more people taking part the better as it will maximise the effect of the baits.
"Wild dog numbers in our shire are still high and have not decreased as much as we had hoped, so it is up to us all to continue with these sorts of programs.
"Baiting does have an impact on the dog numbers and the more baits laid, the more dogs will be killed.”
Anyone wishing to participate in this campaign must contact the council no later than April 28.
Landowners must bring rate notices to baiting stations and inform neighbours of their intent to bait 72 hours prior to laying baits.
Land owners are to be vigilant during the baiting campaign and wear appropriate personal protective equipment and ensure vehicle hygiene protocols are adhered for the safety of working dogs.
Members of the community are advised to be vigilant with their pets during baiting periods and take caution while travelling around the Balonne Shire.