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Wild dogs

What is a wild dog?

A wild dog refers to all wild-living dogs: dingoes, feral domestic dogs and the hybrid descendants of these (all of which are currently considered to be Canis familiaris).

Control options

Wild dogs generally operate individually or in a small group, but rarely as a pack. They can be extremely cunning which can make control very difficult. Poisoning with 1080 baits, trapping with soft jaw leg hold traps and shooting are effective control tools particularly when they are part of an integrated control approach. Group control across several holdings will achieve the best results.

Wild dog spring offensive

All Local Land Services regions will undertake wild dog control programs during spring

Local Land Services is partnering with other NSW Government agencies, industry bodies and wild dog control groups using ground and aerial baits, trapping, GPS tracking using collars and monitoring with motion cameras.

Wild dog policy

The NSW Department of Primary Industries is seeking public comment on an updated NSW Wild Dog Management Strategy.

The overarching aim of the NSW Wild Dog Management Strategy (2017–2021) is to reduce the negative impacts of wild dogs within the State. This version of the Strategy is based on the inaugural Strategy, released in 2012. The updated document will guide specific actions to help reduce the negative impacts of wild dogs and defines the roles and responsibilities of government agencies, public and private land managers and other community members in managing wild dogs in NSW.

The updated Strategy has been developed with input from a working group comprising representatives of​ ​a broad range of stakeholder organisations.Th​is​ public consultation process provides an opportunity for additional input on the draft Strategy from​ individual landholders and other stakeholders.

Wild dog management plans

For more information on how to create a wild dog management plan in your area, speak to your Local Land Services biosecurity officer.

Map wild dogs and other feral pests using your mobile phone

Feral Scan is a free mapping service that you can use to help with feral pest control in your local area.

iphone, Android and IPad users can now access Wild Dog Scan and record wild dog data much more quickly while in the field. This is a valuable addition to Wild Dog Scan and can be used by farmers, NRM groups, wild dog control associations, community groups and local governments. Find out how you can use Feral Scan.