A wild dog.
A wild dog.

GPS tracks roaming wild dogs

GPS trackers are being fitted to wild dogs in peri-urban areas to gain a better understanding of their habits and their movements so the community can develop better control strategies.

Biosecurity Queensland's Dr Matt Gentle said wild dogs were a major problem in many peri-urban areas for residents, pets and livestock.

The Gympie region has a growing problem with wild dogs but has not contributed funds or resources to this project.

"Wild dogs are being trapped, fitted with GPS collars and released within participating local government areas," Dr Gentle said.

Data obtained from the collars will provide research with key insights into the movements, survival rates and habitat use of wild dogs.

"Attacks on pets are particularly upsetting for owners and can be very expensive to deal with," Dr Gentle said.

"Part of the problem we face in reducing wild dog numbers is that management tools that are traditionally used in rural and regional Queensland are difficult to implement in peri-urban environments."