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Government reinvests in dog control services

Eight full-time-equivalent licenced pest management technicians have been re-contracted for another year to control wild dogs inside the State Barrier Fence and adjacent buffer zone.

At a cost of $750,000 to the taxpayer, the WA Government has re-engaged the ‘doggers’ as they’ve come to be known, to protect the 14.5 million sheep in Western Australia.

Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan advised their activities, which include trapping and baiting, form part of an integrated pest control program under the WA Wild Dog Action Plan.

“Extending this funding will mean the good work done by the doggers and Recognised Biosecurity Groups to protect the State’s sheep industry can continue,” she said.

“The State Government has invested extensively in protecting livestock from wild dogs, including a $5.8 million four-year program to replace, repair and maintain the State Barrier Fence and access tracks, and $6.9 million to construct the Esperance Extension of the State Barrier Fence.”

“The McGowan Government is looking to continue its strategic State-wide management approach to wild dogs, with work underway on a new action plan extending to 2024.”