Positive Dingo Management: how not to throw out the baby with the bath water
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The management of wild-living dogs, including dingoes, in New South Wales is affected by legislation, land tenure and corporate policies of various government agencies. On land managed by State Forests, it is recognised that there is a need to develop control programs for pest populations of wild dogs while simultaneously protecting important dingo genetic stock and providing for the continued ecological role of dingoes across the landscape. Innovative and strategic approaches are needed to create management outcomes with regards to pest management. State Forests of NSW has developed a system for preparing ‘Feral and Introduced Predator Control Plans’ that aims to balance ecological sustainability with legal compliance and social expectations. This strategic approach towards vertebrate pest management relies on a scientific direction, achievable performance measures and collaboration with adjoining land owners and regulatory agencies.