10 November, 2022

Reports of feral animals on the rise in Somerset

SOMERSET landholders are being urged to come together to help combat an increase in feral animals across the region.

Reports of feral animals on the rise in Somerset - feature photo

Somerset Regional Council, together with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries will host a wild dog baiting day on November 14 at various locations in Somerset in an effort to control the pests.

Pest Management Working Group representative and Somerset Councillor Sean Choat said the season was only warming up and already there are reports of feral animal numbers on the rise.

“It’s only going to get worse and numbers will increase unless everyone comes together and has a genuine crack at being part of the control program,” Cr Choat said.

“Council invites landholders to attend one of the upcoming 1080 baiting stations on 14 November or alternatively phone Council and speak to the pest management officers to make an alternate arrangement.”

A Council employee will attend the sites to assist with the preparation of 1080 poison baits for the control of dingoes/wild dogs on November 14:

• Middle Creek, Bryden between 7.30am-9am.

• Fernvale Campdraft Grounds between 10.30am- 12pm.

• Kilcoy Showgrounds between 7.30am-9am .

• MoorePonyClubGrounds, Station Street between 10.30am- 12pm.

Cr Choat said feral pig numbers are on the rise across Somerset along with wild dogs.

“With the rain comes favourable breeding seasons due to ample food sources.

“Feral pigs not only destroy pasture and create erosion but they also have the potential to spread weeds and disease.

“Under good seasonal conditions, breeding occurs all year and sows can produce two litters per year and can produce a litter of four to 10 piglets.”

Cr Choat said together we can make a difference.

“Under the Biosecurity Act 2014 all landholders have a General Biosecurity Obligation to control restricted species so we all need to do our part to help manage rising number of feral animals and minimise the destruction they can cause,” he said.

For more information on wild dog baiting or control measures, phone Council on 5424 4000.


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