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In the interest of public safety, warning signs are displayed at trap sites.

Reports

Department of Defence
Enoggera Close Training Area

Answering a call from a private landowner requesting professional assistance to overcome a sudden infestation of feral animals harassing and killing his livestock, Department of Defence Environmental Officer agreed that a monitoring program would be needed to formulate a report.

This done, Ferals Out initiated a monitoring program to determine the magnitude of the problem. This data was collected and painted a picture of the type and number of feral animals and how they were gaining access to private lands and livestock.

In dealing with the problem, Ferals Out, having been contracted by this private landholder to implement an immediate control program of these pest animals passed on valuable information to Defence Environmental Officer, based on the monitoring data already collected, advice on preventive measures, reducing the likelihood of further impacts occurring was discussed.

Ferals Out ascertained the offending pest animals were transiting through neighbouring bushland managed by the Department of Defence. This bushland corridor provides connectivity from adjoining National Parks to suburbia. As impacts did continue (after several wild dogs were removed) a meeting was scheduled with the Department of Defence, Private Landowner and Ferals Out.

Dept of Defence then contracted Ferals Out to formulate and implement a feral/Pest Animal Management Program. Several key features attributed to the success of the program were.

  • Participate in public relations exercises with neighbouring property owners
  • Pre and Post ground monitoring
  • Implement a controlled humane trapping program
  • Keep police informed of activity
  • Collect daily data to assess the effectiveness of the program and to be presented in report form on the completion of the control program.

NOTE: Chemical control was not considered an option due to the landscape and proximity to residential areas.

Department Of Defence, being a responsible landholder, understanding the significance of environmental management practices for the protection of native flora and fauna on their lands, contracted Ferals Out to undertake the above program.

The initiatives of Department Of Defence resulted in not only a sense of "Good Housekeeping" (protection of Native Species) but also resulted in fostering "Good Neighbour" relations with adjoining landholders.

The Program

  • An extensive advertising program was implemented by the contractor to inform neighbouring property owners of the program and their responsibilities. This assured Co-operation from all neighbours and also generated many positive contributions from others;
  • Extensive ground monitoring;
  • Humane Trapping methodology;
  • Firearms were used in certain circumstances to destroy pest animals either trapped or observed roaming at large;
  • Daily communications with client and neighbours;
Detailed monitoring of animal activity prior to and after control works enabled the Dept of Defence Environmental Officer to gauge the success of the program.

Thirty-six pest animals were removed.

Domestic animals were returned to their owners.

The results below raise some very interesting questions when you look at the high number of potentially life threatening, higher order predators co-existing at the one site. In this case, there is no evidence to suggest that Wild Dogs controlled Fox and Feral Cat numbers.

Wild Dogs

Foxes

Feral Cats

Domestic Dogs

Domestic Cats

14

15

7

2

1

A great result: Frontline Defence For native fauna and habitat

An increase in reported sightings of native fauna returning to a natural ecological balance is substantiated by ongoing ground monitoring. Two species of wallaby, long thought to have been eradicated by predation, have recently been identified in this habitat. Dept of Defence are committed to the ongoing preservation of our native fauna/habitat and the effective control of feral pest animals ensuring native wildlife preservation and public safety.

Background

This private property is just 6.5 km from Brisbane’s GPO, approximately 50 acres in size and zoned rural residential. Developers continually approach landowner regarding subdivision potential. The landholder also allows horses to be agisted on his property and is aware of his potential liability (problem) should wild dogs harass these animals or their owners and riders.

This private property is bordered by older style residential housing on one boundary, new residential development on another and bushland habitat (approximately 800 ha) managed by Dept of Defence to the rear of the property.

The private landholder has lived his entire life on this property. He remembers his late father once saw a dingo/wild dog, which was quickly shot. This occurred approximately 35 years ago and no further sightings occurred until December 2001.

Where-upon, regular sightings, howling at night, domestic dogs barking and the loss of some livestock eventually spurred the private landowner into action. Ferals Out, commissioned to humanely trap and remove those wild dogs causing problems, caught several animals over a few days.

The infestation of these declared pest animals was halted. Due to the ‘quick’ action of the Department Of Defence Officers and adjoining landholders.

In this case, no public forum was required. Thereby avoiding the costs associated with public education, awareness and adverse media reporting of wild dog impacts in settled areas. As a result, a wide range of public safety issues were never a concern to the local community.

The following presentation showcases some of the pest animals caught and their swift and humane euthanasia. Among the feral animals is a domestic cat which was returned unharmed to it's owner thanks to the "Soft Capture" methods used by Ferals Out.

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