Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Wild Dogs on the Move as Temperatures Drop

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Wild Dogs on the Move as Temperatures Drop

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Byline: Erin Brady erin.brady@dailyexaminer.com.au

WITH winter rolling in, wild dogs could be on the move across the Valley.

According to Dean Chamberlain, a ranger with North Coast Livestock Health and Pest Authority (NCLHPA) in Grafton, sightings of wild dogs increased at this time of the year.

"Instead of them being less conspicuous, they come out of the high country and head towards the beach where it's a bit warmer," Mr Chamberlain said.

"So this is generally the time of the year you get more sightings."

On average Mr Chamberlain said NCLHPA received close to 1000 reported sightings every year, and that was just in the Grafton region.

One of the biggest problems with wild dogs was their ferocious attacks on livestock, pets and wildlife.

Mr Chamberlain said in the past month he'd heard of two domestic dogs being killed, two others attacked and a number of sheep packs hunted by wild dogs.

"That's typical for this time of the year," he said. …

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