Glenn Douglass found this Heifer still warm after a wild dog attack. Contributed
Glenn Douglass found this Heifer still warm after a wild dog attack. Contributed Contributed

Eight wild dogs shot in just one day

GLENN Douglass has worked on the land his whole life and has never seen the problem of wild dogs as bad as it is right now.

Mr Douglass has lost about 20 animals out of a herd of 500 in the past financial year.

"We found 20 carcasses, some of these were pushing 300kg," Mr Douglass said.

"Always been around, we've lost a few calves here and there on young heifers over the last three years and it's become significant in our operation," Mr Douglass said.

He said on Tuesday he killed eight wild dogs.

His property is surrounded by Yarraman State Forest and Tarong National Park which he said was a safe haven for wild dogs.

"They come from the national park prolifically, the State Forest baits a lot but there is no work being done in the National Park," Mr Douglass said.

Mr Douglass wants access to 1080 bait so when a pack of dogs attacks animals and leaves a carcass and comes back for more he can bait the carcass instead of placing traps.

"If you could inject 1080 into those fresh kills, it would be a more efficient way," he said.

"Going to council with a bucket of meat and getting it baited - in my opinion it's getting the dog who's trotting along alone hungry, and not getting the packs.

"Council baiting programs are wonderful, without them we would have a lot more problems."

He also thought the bounty on wild dogs was too low in the South Burnett Regional Council area.

The council's bounty is currently $31 a scalp.

"If the bounty was higher there would be a lot more guys who are confident doing it," he said.

He said the scary thing about wild dogs was that unlike dingoes they had no fear of humans.

This has led to his own dogs being killed or injured by packs that aren't afraid to come close to the house.

"Lost my own personal fox terrier dogs and pup, have wild dogs at the house killing our fox terriers," Mr Douglass said.

AgForce pest project coordinator Damien Ferguson doesn't think that a higher bounty would solve the problem.

"Studies have shown that higher bounties don't work, it makes people lazy and rely on someone else to do it for them," Mr Ferguson said.

"It's not fair; it has to be bait, trap and shoot."

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