Wild dogs a threat to residents

CANNON VALLEY residents have expressed concerned over the presence of wild dogs and dingos in the Whitsunday region.

In the past two months alone, residents of Kookaburra Drive have reported numerous dog attacks which they have witnessed to be caused by wild dogs and dingos.

Derek Moon learnt first hand last Wednesday morning of wild dogs in the region after his family dog was mauled to death by a wild dog.

Mr Moon said he was devastated by the attack and believes that in recent months the number of wild dogs in the Cannon Valley region has grown significantly.

"It just seems to be getting worse in the past two months,” he said. "I've heard they're getting bad all over the place."

Fellow Cannon Valley resident Jannie Basson has also felt the impact of wild dogs in the area after he saw dingos only metres from his balcony.

He said that after the sighting, he feared for the safety of his family in his own backyard.

"I'm upset because my kids are worried about the dingos in the backyard," he said.

"Every night you hear them howling."

Whitsunday Regional Council's director of community and environment Gavin Crawford said that residents had the responsibility to keep wild dogs off their own property.

“It is the responsibility of landholders to reduce the number of wild dogs on their property,” he said.

“Landholders should be proactive in their plan against wild dogs and not wait till the damage has already been done.”

Since the attack on his family dog last week, Mr Moon has acquired a wild dog trap off council to help catch and trap a wild dog roaming near his property in Cannon Valley.

Council's technical officer pest and vector control provides advice and assistance in feral animal control.

For more information phone (07) 4945 0237.

Wild dog prevention tips

  • Don't encourage wild dogs by feeding them.
  • Keep food scraps secured.
  • Ensure pets and domestic stock is kept in a secure enclosure.
  • Closely restrain female dogs on heat to avoid attracting wild or straying dogs and to help reduce the number of unwanted dogs.
  • Report sightings of wild dogs and uncontrolled domestic dogs to your local council and encourage your neighbours to act responsibly. Council has various traps that can be used by landholders if wild dogs become a problem.

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