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 could firmly place 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 could have an ability notify producers that wild dogs have invaded their farm before attacks occur to enable producers to act early. This will give 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.
This project aims to:
The research need is to develop, integrate and field test the components of an early alert system. Extensive stakeholder consultation has identified an early warning system for wild dogs as the priority required to prevent predation on sheep in rangeland and tablelands environments.
This project is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.