Investigate the effects of dingo baiting in central Australia on livestock damage, the activity and abundance of predators, the activity and abundance of prey species.
Type of Study:
1080 baiting reduced dingo activity by approximately 20 %. However, theamount of calf damage observed in poisoned areas was identical to the amountobserved in unpoisoned areas. Approximately 3 in every 1000 calves showedsigns of dog attack. The results also showed that cat, fox, kangaroo and rabbitnumbers were not affected by the poison baiting. Dietary analysis revealed that the most important dingo prey item was rodents(such as house mice and native mice) followed by kangaroo and rabbit. Anaverage of 18 % of dingo scats contained cattle hair and this did not varybetween poisoned and unpoisoned areas.Satellite tracking revealed home ranges of up to 270 km2 and indicated that the collared dingoes each had a well-defined territory. This suggests that the social structure of the dingo population in the study area remains intact. Approximately 8 % of wild dogs observed throughout the study were hybrids and all of these were found near areas where human activity was high.
Dingo control vs un-controlled properties
1. A strategic approach to dingo management is required.2. More research is required during dry periods.3. Improve monitoring and evaluation techniques.4. The stable pack structure in dingo populations should be maintained.
Andado station, Lyndavale station and Umbearra station.
Response variable :
index of abundance, distance, frequence of occurance,
3 properties, with baited and unbaited areas 3 x 10 km transects
Eldridge S. R., Shakeshaft B. J. & Nano T. J. (2002) The impact of wild dog control on cattle, native and introduced herbivores and introduced predators in central Australia. Unpublished report to the Bureau of Rural Sciences, Canberra.