Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Tracking Killer Canines; GPS Collars Offer Hope to Farmers

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Tracking Killer Canines; GPS Collars Offer Hope to Farmers

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Byline: Marian Faa Marian.Faa@warwickdailynews.com.au

A NEW GPS tracking program about to be deployed at Karara will allow researchers to follow the every move of wild dogs.

Bringing hope to farmers, the program is the latest strategy to stop vicious attacks on livestock.

Karara farmers Andrew and Kim Costello lose as many as 200 sheep each year to wild dog attacks.

"It is very upsetting, it takes its toll on you emotionally," Mrs Costello said.

Between baiting, trapping and shooting, the Costellos have tried a range of strategies to stop the attacks.

"We are doing everything we possibly can to keep them at bay, but we are not winning the fight."

The new tracking program has farmers hoping more information about the movement, habits and behaviour of wild dogs will make a difference.

"It separates the myths from the facts. We have a lot of theories about where (the) dogs come from, but if you have GPS-collared dogs you definitely know where they come from," Mr Costello said. …

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