By Leah MacLennan
A South Australian ecologist has raised alarm over changes to the way wild dogs are managed, saying a new policy could lead to dingoes becoming “functionally extinct” in some areas.
The SA Government’s proposed changes are in response to concerns wild dog populations have increased both north and south of the state’s dog fence in the past two decades, putting the livestock industry at risk.
Wild dog management is enforced by the dog fence, a 5,400-kilometre structure that in many places is over 100 years old.
South of the fence, wild dogs are considered a pest and strictly controlled, while north of the fence they are considered to be native dingoes and only controlled when they reach problem numbers.
The South Australian Government’s proposed measures include rebuilding large parts of the fence, imposing minimum baiting standards on all landholders south of the fence and allowing aerial baiting across the state.
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