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Canberra Times joins the torch-weilding anti-dingo mob

By johnboy - 28 July 2008 36

Odd story in the Canberra Times fretting about huge packs of super-dingos maruading out of Namadgi National Park to wreak havoc upon the good honest farming folk who border the park.

Because farmers have never exaggerated to justify an eradication program?

Oh no! Never!

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Canberra Times joins the torch-weilding anti-dingo mob
peterh 2:38 pm 28 Jul 08

p1 said :

Mr Watkinson maintained the wild dogs were valuable as the top predator in the Namadgi food chain to keep down kangaroo numbers.

This seems a bit odd. Shouldn’t the population of feral dogs be reduced so that natural processes control the ‘roo population?

feral dogs, yes. Dingos, no.

p1 2:34 pm 28 Jul 08

Mr Watkinson maintained the wild dogs were valuable as the top predator in the Namadgi food chain to keep down kangaroo numbers.

This seems a bit odd. Shouldn’t the population of feral dogs be reduced so that natural processes control the ‘roo population?

peterh 2:29 pm 28 Jul 08

NoAddedMSG said :

peterh said :

more concerned with whatever was killing sheep and tearing them in half. the spoor around didn’t show claws, so wasn’t dogs. don’t know what it was. it was tearing their throats out, and then gutting them.

very scary thing to find, and then my rifle was my new best friend.

What are you trying to imply? Aliens? Panther? Giant Eagle?

no idea. probably a big cat, but I never saw any thing, just found the bodies or what was left of them in the morning when we drove the boundary.

AG Canberra 1:50 pm 28 Jul 08

JB – Knocking them off your property is a short term solution. Yes you can do it but you might be lucky and get two in a night. Then they move on to another property – and it isn’t until they come back and knock off 30 or 40 sheep in a night that you know they have returned.

They thrive in the park because they are allowed to. And they are not dingos – they would be lucky to have 1/128 dingo in them…

A few dingos in the park is not a problem – however the current situation is nothing like 100 years ago and these dogs are nothing like what was reported 100 years ago.

p1 1:38 pm 28 Jul 08

Why not stake out a lamb in the middle of a paddock and wait with the shotgun? If the problem is as bad as it sounds, you will get a couple each night…

that or 1080…

seekay 1:31 pm 28 Jul 08

After their yeti yarn today, I hoped the Canberra Times might try to find a local angle there.

Thumper 1:02 pm 28 Jul 08

Rabid guinea pig?

Thems dangerous critters.

NoAddedMSG 12:52 pm 28 Jul 08

peterh said :

more concerned with whatever was killing sheep and tearing them in half. the spoor around didn’t show claws, so wasn’t dogs. don’t know what it was. it was tearing their throats out, and then gutting them.

very scary thing to find, and then my rifle was my new best friend.

What are you trying to imply? Aliens? Panther? Giant Eagle?

peterh 12:48 pm 28 Jul 08

ok, we aren’t talking about the holy grail here, if that is what you mean (bluecoat won’t let me see youtube)

Doctor Evil 12:43 pm 28 Jul 08

peterh said :

Corner them, or threaten their young, and they will attack. (what wild animal won’t? apart from rabbits)

*cough*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcxKIJTb3Hg

peterh 12:38 pm 28 Jul 08

more concerned with whatever was killing sheep and tearing them in half. the spoor around didn’t show claws, so wasn’t dogs. don’t know what it was. it was tearing their throats out, and then gutting them.

very scary thing to find, and then my rifle was my new best friend.

peterh 12:34 pm 28 Jul 08

they aren’t dingos. Dingos are not roaming namadgi and coming out to attack sheep. They are wild dogs. seen several over the years, and they are most definitely not dingos.

the dingos that are there are friendly, and will take scraps from morons who think that wild animals can be fed and then left alone. they will follow you, but they are only after a few scraps. ignore them, they will leave you alone. Corner them, or threaten their young, and they will attack. (what wild animal won’t? apart from rabbits)

wild dogs, however, will go after you / force you to climb a tree.

they don’t always look like dingos and they are always very nasty.

after doing boundary repairs on a property that borders the park, I can definitely tell the difference.

johnboy 12:18 pm 28 Jul 08

Yep I’ve seen it.

Also read the accounts about it all the way back to federation.

Not convinced there’s anything new here, but the history of farmers demanding veto over neighbouring national park management goes back nearly as far.

Nothing stopping the farmers eradicating the wild dogs on their property is there?

Thumper 12:18 pm 28 Jul 08

What’s the problem?

The dingos can eat the bloody feral pigs.

Everyone is happy.

Seriously though, they are not dingos, the are wild domestic dogs.

AG Canberra 12:12 pm 28 Jul 08

JB – you need to go out and see what a dog pack does to a mob of sheep. The tree huggers continue to deny that there’s a problem – but when landholders are losing hundreds of sheep a year something needs to be done.

Hippies are happy to jump up and down about muelsing but are too gutless to do anything about the atrocious killings that wild dogs inflict on sheep. It is a horribly way to die and the sooner an effective wild dog management plan is put in place the better.

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