Marauding wild dogs kill stock west of city

WILD Dogs are killing stock and creating havoc in the rural areas west of Ipswich.

There have been previous problems with wild dogs in the Pine Mountain, Talegalla and Mt Walker areas and attacks on stock have continued in recent weeks.

The dogs have been killing goats and sheep and Cr David Pahlke said he also had two people complain about the loss of their chickens.

Cr Pahlke said Ipswich City Council was aware of the problem with dogs and could assist those with concerns.

"If you have a problem with dogs on your property the council will lend you a dog trap to catch them," Cr Pahlke said.

"We are looking at a program of baiting and trapping in Pine Mountain to get to grips with it.

"With the baiting program you can only bait within a certain area of your house.

"You have to be careful how you do it because you are baiting in residential areas you are close to other houses. It has got to be a methodical, well-planned attack."

Problems could occur when domestic dogs were able to breed with dingoes producing a hybrid animal.

"Council has recently impounded two huskies that were reasonable for killing stock,"

Cr Pahlke said. "I believe these dogs came out from suburbia.

"There have been problems with wild dogs in the Pine Mountain, Talegalla and Mt Walker area for years because they are the wild, open spaces of Ipswich.

"We've had dingoes at Talegalla and Mt Walker."

Cr Pahlke has urged all dog owners to look after their animals properly to prevent the problem from increasing.

"As urbanisation encroaches people sometimes don't keep them in enclosed area on their farms," he said.

"They think because they have got 100 acres they can roam free.

"But their instinct takes over and they roam outside their own boundaries. Once these dogs get the taste for blood they start doing more damage.

"The dogs hunt in packs and I cannot understand why people let their dogs roam at night, whether it be in rural areas or suburbia."

Topics:  david pahlke, livestock, wild dogs



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