WA cash boost to fight wild dog scourge
Drones using thermal sensing cameras and traps fitted with remote alert systems are among innovative measures set to limit savage wild dog predation in WA.
The McGowan Government will announce today it will invest $500,000 in five research projects examining new and effective ways to mitigate the wild dog scourge.
Goldfields Nullarbor Rangelands Biosecurity Association will be bolstered by $60,000 through the WA Wild Dog Action Plan, to fund up to eight trap alert systems.
The traps, built by New South Wales company EZY2C, are fitted with a GPS tracking device which can be monitored remotely.
GNRBA boss Michelle Donaldson, pictured, said the technology would improve trapping efficiency and animal welfare outcomes in the group’s wild dog control effort.
“It will allow us to respond quicker if a trap has gone off,” she said.
“That’ll improve welfare, especially if an animal has been caught which isn’t a wild dog.”
The Meekatharra Rangelands Biosecurity Association’s drone project will be backed with a $140,000 pledge.
Remotely piloted aircraft with thermal and high-definition cameras will be used to help landholders locate, identify and respond to wild dogs.
Murdoch University will receive $150,000 to identify factors influencing what baits wild dogs are attracted to and a $50,000 grant to determine bait storage methods.
Curtin University will be supported by a $100,000 commitment to research visual deterrents mounted on electric fencing as a non-lethal wild dog control tool.
WA Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan said innovative approaches were critical in improving wild dog management to protect the State’s “vital livestock industry”.
“These exploratory research projects will look at alternate approaches or improved techniques for wild dog management and control,” she said.
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