The WA Government is driving research into new methods of controlling wild dogs, releasing details of an $800,000 WA Wild Dog Action Plan R&D Fund.
The initiative is part of the WA Government’s $18.6 million Western Australian Wild Dog Action Plan, with a top-up from the Commonwealth via Federal Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper funding.
Half the total funds ($400,000) will go to research and development grants to explore new solutions to minimise the impact of wild dogs on landholder’s livelihoods, estimated to cost rangelands sheep and goat production $25 million per annum.
Up to $150,000 each is available to applicant groups to research or develop innovative tools and technologies that will improve the detection, reporting, control and management of wild dogs.
The other half of the funds have been directed to undertake social and ecological assessments of wild dog management techniques, such as fencing, methods of bait delivery and wild dog deterrents, to enhance control efforts.
Source: WA Government