Wild dogs are a major problem for many livestock producers across Australia. Often, wild dog control has necessarily been reactive and expensive, with landholders and contractors effectively forced to ‘chase’ dogs after livestock have been maimed and killed. In chronic cases this can go on for weeks, months or even years, taking a heavy toll on enterprises, families and communities. Tracking studies show that wild dogs may be present on farms for days or weeks before losses occur.
Wild Dog Alert is a system that firmly places livestock producers and other land managers on the front foot to manage wild dogs. Combining automated recognition of camera trap images with real-time messaging, the Wild Dog Alert system notifies producers that wild dogs have been detected at a camera trap on their farm before attacks occur to enable producers to act early. This gives farmers a ‘first strike’ capability in their fight against wild dogs, so they can be proactive and put in place immediate and targeted management strategies to avoid stock losses.
Three modalities have been designed and field tested;
This project was led by NSW DPI and UNE and supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment Meat and Livestock Australia, and Australian Wool Innovation.
This research project was world class and places the project team at the edge of Blue Sky Technology. The devices are currently being refined for commercialisation.