Agnes Water dingo bounty not needed

By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au

A DINGO scalp bounty is not necessary, says Agnes Water resident Des Carnell who last year reported a large male dingo near the township's main shopping centre.

Mr Carnell, who lives in a rural residential area, said he would hate to see Miriam Vale Shire adopt a scalping program for dingoes.

A little over a year ago Mr Carnell called for action from Miriam Vale Shire Council after sighting the dingo.

'Council brought in a bounty hunter who bagged 22 dingoes/wild dogs at that time,' he said.

'I have not seen a dingo in the Agnes Water area since.'

Mr Carnell supported the council's decision recently to reject a call by Cooloola Shire Council for it to introduce a scalp bounty for the animals.

'There is too much risk that vigilantes would get involved ? there are too many tan dogs in the area that could become victims,' he said.

Miriam Vale Council health officer Laurie French said the council had a scalp payment program in place once, but had done away with it because local farmers had lost interest in the bounty.

"They are not interested in bringing in dingo scalps, they just want to see the wild dogs gone,' he said.

'We have a dingo baiting program for landholders and trapping for wild dogs is carried out when required.'



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