Neil Hing from the North Coast Local Land Services with the most recent dog trapped and destroyed on Wednesday.
Neil Hing from the North Coast Local Land Services with the most recent dog trapped and destroyed on Wednesday.

Council reviewing camera footage for more wild dogs

UPDATE 12.29pm Tuesday April 7:

Tweed Shire Council director of community and natural resources Tracey Stinson said:

"Council is reviewing our camera footage over the past week to see whether there is evidence of wild dogs still in the area. Council will continue to work closely with LLS and NPWS to progress our control programs in the area."

 UPDATE 12.39pm: Tweed Shire Council has urged residents who may have seen wild dogs since the cessation of the eradication program to officially report any sightings.

A wild dog near the Cudgen Nature Reserve has been reported to biosecurity authorities today. More unofficial reports have been made.

The council's after hour number is 1800 818 326.

INITIAL REPORT 9.30am: NATIONAL Parks and Wildlife have thanked biosecurity officers for their efforts in taking down the last wild dog thought to be responsible for a spate of attacks on people and pets in Cabarita and Casuarina.

"The NPWS would particularly like to congratulate trapper Bill Crisp for his hard work much of which occurred late at night," Lawrence Orel from the office of Environment said.

"The NPWS is very pleased with the swift outcome which is no small part due to cooperative response for the various land managers and North Coast Local Land Services," he said.

"The results demonstrate that coordinated control programs can be the most effective."

However, these statements come as unofficial sightings of wild dogs are reported on social media. Some residents believe there are more wild dogs in the area. 

People are reminded to be aware of the risk of wild dogs. Sightings must be reported officially, not just on social media.  Phone 02 6670 8600.

The NPWS will continue its routine dog control programs, including baiting, in the areas it manages across the Tweed. 

People are reminded that domestic pets are not permitted in nature reserves at any time and penalties apply if people are caught with a dog in these areas with a dog.

Landholders can contact their North Coast Local Land Services Office 1300 795 299 and speak to their local biosecurity officer.