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This innovative approach to wild dog and fox management covers an area of approximately 150,000 hectares at the northern end of the Australian Alps.
The Brindabella and Wee Jasper cooperative wild dog/fox plan was first trialled in 2001-02 after successive years of high stock losses in the Brindabella and Wee Jasper areas. It was the first integrated wild dog management plan to use the nil-tenure approach. A meeting held with valley landholders in October 2001 resulted in a strong recommendation that due to the current success of the trial program and positive support of all land managers (public and private) the program be extended to cover a three year period. This resulted in the formation of the plan (2002-05) and a contract was signed between the former Yass Rural Lands Protection Board, Forests NSW and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Under the initial plan, attacks on stock decreased by an average of 75% per year.
Benefits of the nil-tenure process identified by the Brindabella and Wee Jasper group include:
Adapted from NSW Department of Heritage and Environment website
The figure above right provides a graphical summary showing the significant reduction in sheep losses following the establishment of the cooperative wild dog program and increased resource commitment 14 years ago.
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