Wild dogs can cause a significant impact on agricultural production and the environment. They are predators that harm and kill both livestock and native animals. In Queensland alone, wild dogs cost the community approximately $67 million in stock loss, attacks, disease and control activities. The main methods of wild dog control include poisoning, trapping, shooting, fencing and using guarding animals.
Shooting as a method of pest control is undertaken by a wide range of people including government vertebrate pest control officers, landholders and licensed shooters.
Ground shooting is humane and very target specific and can be used to control wild dogs. It can work in collaboration with other pest control techniques to reduce the impacts and populations of wild dogs across larger areas.
Shooting can be conducted both during the day and night. Various techniques of shooting such as the use of spotlights, decoy calls and stalking can be employed to increase the efficiency of wild dog control activities.
Shooting can be an expensive option if landholders need to employ a full-time, part-time or contract professional shooter/s. If shooting is conducted at no-cost by accredited volunteer shooters, it then becomes one of the cheapest pest control techniques available. Landholders can then use the costs saved by utilising volunteer shooters to fund other complementary pest management tools to achieve the best result possible.
The SSAA Farmer Assist program enables landholders to find licensed, accredited and insured volunteer shooters to assist with wild dog control. We have thousands of qualified members across the country ready to help landholders and managers with wild dog control.
It only takes a few minutes to register for the SSAA Farmer Assist program so you can find friendly and willing volunteers to assist you with your wild dog problem.