WITHIN six months of arriving in Rockhampton, trapper and hunter Gordon Gee had caught more than 90 wild dogs.

In the months since December, he has trapped over 268 in the Central Queensland area, covering Rockhampton, Clarke Creek, Yeppoon and Alton Downs.

Mr Gee, who has been trapping animals since he was a child, said Rockhampton was one of the worst areas he had seen for feral dog populations.

"The Rockhampton area is really bad... we are catching a lot of dogs," he said. "They are so close to town now... they are very dangerous; 30kg is a big dog to have around the bush."

The trapper said it would not be unusual to find more than three animals within a 1km radius.

To control the population and reduce the threat to humans, Mr Gee said the best option would be to introduce a bounty.

"If we had a bounty it would encourage people to get out and trap them," he said.

"It would eventually control the problem... the more people get involved, the better it will be.

"At the end of the day these are cross-bred dogs, not dingoes."

Should a bounty be introduced to help manage Rockhampton's wild dog problem?

This poll ended on 18 September 2015.

Current Results

Yes, it is the only way to deal with wild animals threatening our residents and pets

62%

No, there must be another way

11%

No, no animal should suffer from being trapped and killed

25%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

 

PEST PROBLEM: Wild dog hunter Gordon Gee, pictured with his work dogs, says Rockhampton is one of the worst areas for dog populations. Inset: Gordon sets a dog trap near The Caves.
PEST PROBLEM: Wild dog hunter Gordon Gee, pictured with his work dogs, says Rockhampton is one of the worst areas for dog populations. Inset: Gordon sets a dog trap near The Caves. Allan Reinikka Rokawilddogs

The wild dogs are known to attack wildlife as well as farming stock.

Mr Gee said he found many animals left with ripped ears, torn noses, and holes in their rear ends as a result of wild dog attacks.

"They are eating everything they can get hold of," he said.


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