Wild dogs branded ‘vicious killers’

GYMPIE Deputy Mayor Tony Perrett yesterday described as "just frustrating" conservationist criticism of the council's new wild dog management policy.

He was responding to concerns from the National Dingo Preservation and Recovery Program that the council was acting on misinformation, shown by scientific research to be "false or based on selective, unbalanced consideration of the available scientific evidence".

An NDPRP media release yesterday claimed "wild dogs" were native animals and were performing the ecological function of dingo populations "even if they have undergone some degree of hybridisation.

"A key consideration from a nature conservation point of view is the ecological function of dingo populations, even if they have undergone some degree of hybridisation," the organisation's secretary Ernest Healy said yesterday.

Dr Healy accused the council of "perpetuating a misguided and alarmist perspective on wild dogs, or dingoes, which ignores their importance for health of ecosystems".

Cr Perrett said the council could not just ignore the wild dig problem.

"The dogs we are dealing with are not dingoes. All the credible research suggests there are very few dingoes left in Australia," he said.

"They're a hybrid.

"They're calling them dingoes. They're not. They're wild dogs.

"If they were dingoes, there may be a different response.

"They're trying to make out they're warm and cuddly.

"They're killing machines. I've seen packs of eight or 10.

"I've had a lot of livestock killed.

"Wild dogs are vicious killers. I've seen it on numerous occasions on my property.

"They're not killing to eat. They're killing for fun."