Rural residents encouraged to stay alert for wild dogs

Published: 05 May 2022

Residents are advised that wild dogs may be on the move as breeding season has commenced.

Mature dogs are currently on the prowl for mates, and young dogs are looking for a place to set up their own den, away from the one they were raised in.

Council is advising pet owners in rural and peri-urban areas to ensure their yard is securely fenced and to bring domestic animals inside at night or put them in a kennel outside to keep them safe.

Landholders should look at varying the times they allow livestock, including goats, sheep and chickens, to graze and forage, as wild dogs will observe and wait for the ideal opportunity to attack.

This also applies to allowing small domestic animals outside to explore.

Signs there may be wild dogs in your area include howling and domestic dogs barking late at night or prior to dawn.

Any landholders with questions or concerns regarding wild dogs can contact 1300 MACKAY (622 529) and ask to speak to council’s Pest Management officers.