DOG001: Trapping of wild dogs using padded-jaw traps

Trapping of wild dogs is often used where poison baiting is less effective, for example, in or around lambing paddocks where there is abundant food. Trapping is useful for targeting individual problem animals, or as a follow-up after 1080 baiting programs, but is regarded as an inefficient method for general population control.

Padded leg-hold traps are used to reduce the incidence and severity of foot injuries sustained by dogs. Traps are inspected daily and caught dogs are shot whilst still held by the trap. If the traps cannot be serviced daily the trap-jaws are bound with strychnine-laced cloths to hasten death and prevent prolonged suffering.

This standard operation procedure (SOP) is a guide only; it does not replace or override the legislation that applies in the relevant state or territory jurisdiction. The SOP should only be used subject to the applicable legal requirements (including OH&S) operating in the relevant jurisdiction.

Author Sharp, T.
Year 2016
Pages 6
Notes DOG001
Control method Trapping
Region Australia - national
Documents DOG001: Trapping of wild dogs using padded-jaw traps  [390 kb PDF]
Secondary title Standard Operating Procedure