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Community wild dog program

The community wild dog program aims to protect native animals, livestock (including cattle, sheep, goats and poultry) and domestic pets from wild dogs.

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 lupus familiaris)

Protection methods

Chemical control

  • Meat baits are used to control wild dogs in areas of known activity on private properties.
  • Meat is baited with Sodium Fluoroacetate (1080). This is a restricted pesticide. 1080 is considered the most species-specific pesticide for controlling invasive species.
  • Council undertakes a regulatory risk assessment prior to approving a property to take part in the program.
  • Before starting the program, council notifies all properties within a 2 km of control activities by mail. We also notify all neighbouring properties by mail.
  • Warning signs are placed at the entrance of properties involved in the control activity. Signs remain in place for four weeks after control activity ceases. Council also install additional warning signs on roadsides.


Autumn program: 8 May - 31 May 2024


Control activities are undertaken on private properties registered to the program across the Mary, Stanley and Pumicestone Passage catchments. View map of current baiting properties (PDF, 3.4MB).

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.