Wild dog populations and distributions have increased inside the Dog Fence in South Australia over the past two decades. This is severely impacting on livestock industries.
Reasons for the increase in numbers include:
- Incursions through the ageing Dog Fence.
- Insufficient wild dog control by some landholders.
- Breeding inside the Dog Fence.
Biosecurity SA is reviewing the policy on wild dogs in partnership with the Department for Environment and Water (DEW) and NRM boards. Wild dogs inside the Dog Fence are currently declared under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004 (NRM Act) because they impact livestock industries and public safety. The declaration and revised policy will transition from the NRM Act to the Landscape South Australia Act 2019.
The revised policy aligns with goals and actions in the SA Wild Dog Strategic Plan (2016-20). With the replacement of the Dog Fence over the next 3-5 years, this policy aims to virtually eradicate wild dogs inside the Dog Fence and control wild dogs outside the Dog Fence.
The intended outcomes are to:
- Protect and support the growth of South Australia’s resilient sheep industry.
- Reduce the risk of wild dogs attacking people.
- Maintain the ecological role of wild dogs and their role in Aboriginal culture, outside the Dog Fence.
Dingo: Native animal introduced to Australia approximately 3,500 years ago.
Domestic Dog: Breeds other than dingoes usually living in association with humans.
Wild dog: Wild-living dogs including dingoes, domestic dogs living at large, and their hybrids.
Read the media release from the Minister for Primary Industries and Regions for further information.