The National Parks and Wildlife Service has employed a trapper, at least temporarily, to work on Beryl Ryan’s Talbingo property, Boraig Station.
This follows news that Ms Ryan lost 17 lambs in five weeks to wild dogs, and calls from multiple property owners throughout Talbingo, Goobarragandra and Brindabella for trappers as the answer to ceaseless dog attacks.
Ms Ryan said the NPWS’s actions have been working so far.
“The trapper has trapped two dogs since he’s been up here [in a little under three weeks],” she said.
“On Thursday he trapped an old male dog, eight or nine years old, and then on Saturday we went from one end of the scale to the other and he got a young female with eight pups ready to be born.
“So, that puts that theory out about them being dingoes because dingoes don’t have that many pups.”
Dingoes have four to six pups, with rare exceptions, according to the ABC.
Ms Ryan also believes the killing of the eight-year-old dog suggests aerial baiting is not working as effectively as some reports make it out to be, if the dog was able to survive for so long.
“They say their aerial baiting has been a success, well I’d like to see where the success is. To trap a dog that’s that old, well he’s obviously been around for a while,” she said.
The dogs were killed by Gundagai-based trapper Ian Vickery, who works as a trapper on top of another full-time job. Ms Ryan is more than satisfied with the job he’s been doing, and is just hoping National Parks will give her a guarantee that they will continue employing him.
“At the moment we’re happy with what’s being done, but we’re a bit worried about what’s going to happen down the track. This is exactly why we’re pushing to have a permanent trapper, he’s already trapped two dogs.”
Beryl Ryan is asking that if anyone sights wild dogs to call the National Parks and Wildlife Service, or to call her on 6949 5671 so that they have as much up-to-date information as possible.