Baiting wild dogs an urgent matter

Peter and Kaylene Hale with the calf that died after being mauled by wild dogs on their property west of Maryborough.
Peter and Kaylene Hale with the calf that died after being mauled by wild dogs on their property west of Maryborough. Nat Bromhead

NOT ENOUGH is being done to curb wild dog attacks across the Fraser Coast, according to frustrated landowners.

Kaylene Hale and her husband, Peter, have already lost cattle to feral dogs, and fear they will lose more if control programs are not increased.

"We lost a calf six weeks ago, and the same weekend another one got hurt," Mrs Hale said.

"That calf might have to be put down now too."

The LNP is calling for co-ordinated wild dog eradication programs to be immediately put in place throughout Queensland, to help protect the livelihoods of graziers and sheep farmers.

The Hales could not agree more, saying a more stringent baiting plan was needed urgently.

"They don't bait enough on the Crown and state land," Mrs Hale said.

"That's where they breed, where it's quiet and then come on to our place for the calves which are easy prey."

She said they had done several baiting programs with the council but they were not effective unless the baits covered all the surrounding land.

"There needs to be more done," she said.

LNP Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Food and Regional Queensland Andrew Cripps called on the minister to co-ordinate region-wide control programs.

"A real concern is the mismanagement of national parks and crown land by the Bligh government has allowed wild dogs to breed-up, in big numbers," Mr Cripps.

"Landholders across the state are disillusioned and angry with Labor's failure to control wild dogs and other feral animals which do enormous damage, not just in the parks but in neighbouring properties - threatening the viability of grazing enterprises."

Topics:  baiting cattle feral dogs fraser coast wild dogs

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