Satellites to collar wild dogs
Story Added : 26th May 2011
“Wild dogs and foxes are estimated to cost agriculture $70 million annually, with wild dog damage in NSW reported to cost $16 million,” Ms Hodgkinson said.
Researchers from Orange and Armidale are working with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA) and local landholders on the three-year project in north-eastern NSW.
More than 30 dogs trapped in the Walcha, Macleay and Hastings areas on private land, state forests and national parks, are now fitted with collars housing GPS devices. The collars are also equipped with a mortality sensor so researchers know if the dogs are alive.
Ms Hodgkinson said researchers will use GPS loggers to work out exactly where the dogs travel and where they take baits.