A three-year project examining control of wild dogs has been finalised. A summary of our findings on wild dog impacts is available and some news articles summarise this work.
This work will be continued as part of a grant awarded under the Western Australian Wild Dog Action Plan. You can read about this proposed work here or here.
We surveyed landholders for their views on control of wild dogs. We have examined whether we can develop aversion methods to prevent domestic dogs from taking baits, and recorded whether wild dogs move across the Western Australian State Barrier Fence. Finally, we examined the fate of wild dog baiting, recording bait-take by wild dogs (and where all the rest of the baits go). This work is currently in various stages of review for publication:
T. L. Kreplins, M. S. Kennedy, P. J. Adams, P. W. Bateman, S. D. Dundas, P. A. Fleming 2018 Fate of dried meat baits aimed at wild dog (Canis familiaris) control Wildlife Research 45 (6), 528-538 PDF
T. L. Kreplins, A. Gaynor, M. S. Kennedy, C. M. Baudains, P. Adams, P. W. Bateman, P. A. Fleming 2018 What to call a dog? A review of the common names for Australian free-ranging dogs Pacific Conservation Biology 25 (2), 124-134 PDF
T.L. Kreplins, M.S. Kennedy, S.J. Dundas, P.J. Adams, P.W. Bateman, P.A. Fleming. 2018. Corvid interference with Canid Pest Ejectors in the southern rangelands of Western Australia. Ecological Management & Restoration 19: 169-172. PDF
T.L. Kreplins, M.S. Kennedy, R.A. O’Leary, P.J. Adams, S.J. Dundas, P.A. Fleming 2020 Fighting like cats and dogs? Dingoes do not constrain spatial and temporal movements of feral cats. Food Webs In press PDF
The project was made possible by funding from the Royalties for Regions Biosecurity Research and Development Fund BBD RDF14-00034.