Documentary to highlight wild dog battle

THE battle to control wild dogs is the focus of a documentary on ABC television tomorrow at 7.30pm.

Viewers around Australia will be able to see how farmers and researchers are working to deal with dogs which cost the nation $50 million is lost production annually.

NSW Department of Primary Industries staff assisted makers of the documentary Dingo: Wild Dog At War in turning their wild dog experiences and scientific investigations into a feature length exploration of the issues surrounding dog management.

The documentary highlights the impact of wild dogs in western NSW where then-NSW DPI project officer, Ben Allen, was working.

Mr Allen worked with farmers to help establish effective management programs, including integrated group baiting and trapping.

NSW DPI principal research scientist, Peter Fleming, said the documentary shows the contrasting aspects of the environment, wildlife and livestock industries on either side of the dog fence.

“It highlights the im-portance of our research to better understand wild dog behaviour and how that knowledge can be used to better man- age the impacts of pest animals,” Dr Fleming said.

“Along with our partners, AWI, the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre, Meat and Livestock Australia and grazier groups across the state, we are working to reduce the social, economic and environmental impacts of wild dogs.”

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