Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4


P C. Thomson


Dingoes, Pest control

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The aim of dingo control is to protect livestock, not to eliminate dingos from Australia's vast ininhabited areas. However, with labour costs rising, dingo control must become more cost effective.

In this article, P.C. Thomson discusses the "buffer zone" control strategy which involves removing dingos from a strip of country adjacent to stocked land.

Although variations of this strategy have existed for some time, detailed knowledge of dingo behaviour and movement patterns was required to ensure that the concept was soundly based. Much of this information came from a long-term study of dingos carried out in unstocked country and adjacent sheep paddocks in the Fortescue River area of Western Australia. Some preliminary results of the buffer zone control method are also presented.