Wild dog research to be funded

Agriculture minister Alannah MacTiernan announced funding into research to combat the scourge of wild dogs.
Agriculture minister Alannah MacTiernan announced funding into research to combat the scourge of wild dogs.

This work is part of a broader strategic approach and investment under the WA Wild Dog Action Plan.

Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan.

The state government will invest $500,000 in five research projects to look at new and effective ways to reduce wild dog impacts on farming businesses in WA.

The five projects will be led by researchers at WA universities and Biosecurity groups.

Wild dogs have been identified as a major pest species.

The new research will focus on areas such as improving the effectiveness of baits, remote monitoring of wild dog traps, the use of visual and electronic deterrents on fencing and trialing drones to track wild dogs.

The project is funded through the state government's WA Wild Dog Action Plan R&D fund and the Commonwealth Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.

WA Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the state would tackle the scourge of wild dogs through technology and innovation.

"These exploratory research projects will look at alternate approaches or improved techniques for wild dog management."