The Community Wild Dog Program helps landholders to protect against wild dogs.
Council officer and landholder inspecting fencing on a rural property
Community Wild Dog Program
  • Last updated:
  • 13 Jan 2020

The Community Wild Dog Program aims to protect native animals, livestock (including cattle, sheep, goats and poultry) and domestic pets from wild dogs and dingos. The program also aims to reduce the disease and health risks they pose to humans. Read more about wild dogs and their impacts.

Wild dog control is undertaken on private property in partnership with landholders.

Target species

Wild dog (Canis familiaris); Dingo (Canis lupus dingo); and hybrid species. 

Schedule

Spring and Autumn; and in response to community requests.

Locations

Control activities are undertaken on private properties registered to the program across the Maroochy, Mary, Stanley and Pumicestone Passage catchments. View map.

Note: Control activities are not undertaken on public pathways, roadsides, within five metres of a boundary fence or within 200 metres of designated dog off-leash areas.

Get involved

If you would like your property to be part of the program please contact council.

Protection method

  • Meat baits are used to control wild dogs in areas of known activity on private properties.
  • Meat is baited with Sodium Fluoroacetate (1080), a restricted pesticide. 1080 is considered the most species-specific pesticide for controlling invasive species. For more information about 1080 view the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries 1080 fact sheet.
  • A risk assessment is undertaken prior to placement of baits on any property.
  • Prior to commencement, all properties within a 1 km of control activities and all neighbouring properties are notified by mail.
  • Warning signs are placed at the entrance of properties where fresh meat baits are in place. Property warning signs remain in place for four weeks after the baiting program ceases. Additional warning signs are installed on roadsides.

Note: Domestic pets may be at risk if allowed to roam. It is an offence to allow a cat or dog roam outside of its property. Read about responsible pet ownership.