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Managing wild dogs at Hunchy: Pest, partnership, and people power

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Everitt, R. D., Harriott, L., Gentle, M. N. and Cathcart, A. (2023) Managing wild dogs at Hunchy: Pest, partnership, and people power. In: 2nd Pest Animal and Weed Symposium, 28-31 August 2023, Dalby, Australia..

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Invasive species threaten human and animal welfare, environment, community, and industry. The locality of Hunchy on the Sunshine Coast has a history of wild dog impacts. This project critically assessed if an integrated long-term pest management program could be effective in reducing wild dog activity at both a localised and landscape level. The Hunchy Wild dog project was a perfect example of pest, partnership, and people power. Through a collaboration with four private landholders and council, the Hunchy wild dog project on the Sunshine Coast ran from 2018-2021. The management of wild dogs included the use of canid pest ejectors, soft catch foothold traps, and field shooting. Cameras were used to monitor for changes in wild dog and prey species activity. This project demonstrates how participating properties, native wildlife, livestock, and the wider community can benefit from long term integrated pest management programs. It also demonstrates the importance to conduct long-term monitoring to evaluate the progress and adapt to changing circumstances. The outcomes of this program can help inform future pest management approaches to peri-urban wild dogs by local governments and the community in similar environments but also highlight the potential downfall if robust management programs are not maintained or monitored. Effective management programs require collaboration, people power and long term continued commitment. A one-off response to any pest management issue will not make lasting impacts on environment, industry, or community.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Corporate Creators:Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland
Business groups:Biosecurity Queensland
Keywords:Wild dog, Sunshine Coast, Community, Environment, Industry, Collaboration
Subjects:Science > Invasive Species > Animals > Animal control and ecology
Science > Invasive Species > Modelling
Science > Invasive Species > Modelling > Animal
Science > Zoology > Chordates. Vertebrates > Mammals > Carnivora
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural ecology (General)
Live Archive:13 Mar 2024 02:57
Last Modified:13 Mar 2024 02:57

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