Wild dogs

Residents are requested to submit as much information as possible on any sightings of wild dogs and/or attacks, including the date, location, description, activity and damage caused.

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Wild dog sightings

Submit details of wild dog attacks or wild dog sightings online. For roaming domestic dogs contact council.

Information received by you will ensure that Council's Pest Animal Management Officers can initiate management techniques in target areas.

What is a wild dog?

The term 'wild dog' refers to purebred dingoes, dingo hybrids, and domestic dogs that have escaped or been deliberately released and now live in the wild.

  • Wild dog is a restricted invasive animal under the Biosecurity Act 2014.
  • It must not be moved, kept (if a dingo), fed, given away, sold, or released into the environment without a permit.
  • The dingo is defined as both 'wildlife' and 'native wildlife' under the Nature Conservation Act 1992
  • Under the Biosecurity Act 2014, landholders have a legal responsibility to control wild dogs (including dingoes) on their land

Moreton Bay Regional Council is one of many areas in South East Queensland that has a resident wild dog / dingo population.

Wild dogs cause stock and domestic animal losses and prey on native wildlife such as koalas. They are territorial animals, which often causes conflict when they come into contact with domestic dogs, resulting in injury or death to the domestic dog.

Although a large range of prey is taken by wild dogs / dingoes, they are generally specialist hunters and often cause conflict with landholders as they prey upon domestic pets, poultry, calves, sheep and goats.

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Management programs

Moreton Bay Regional Council has extensive Wild dog / dingo management programs in place to assist landholders in dealing with wild dog / dingo conflicts.

These officers also work closely with Officers from State Government departments and neighbouring Council's to ensure that issues are approached from a regional perspective.

Although Moreton Bay Regional Council actively trap and remove problem wild dogs from the environment it is essential that you do not attract these dogs to your property and to remember that it is your responsibility to manage wild dogs on your land.

Property checklist

The following checklist will help keep wild dogs out of your property:

  • Does my fencing require modification?
    If your pet is able to wander through the fence to a neighbouring property / roadside, then wild dogs will be able to similarly enter your property. Do not allow wild dogs on your property and run the risk of attack. Keep your pets secured in a wild dog proof enclosure/area.
  • Do you know where your domestic pet is?
    Your pet should be secured to your property and not left to wander the neighbourhood unattended.
  • When walking my pet, is it on a lead?
    Pets walked off leash are not considered to be under effective control. Under Council's Local Law 2 - Animal Management it is an offence to walk domestic animals off leash, unless in a designated off-leash area (see dog exercise areas). 
  • Are my livestock safe?
    Wild dogs are attracted to livestock as they represent a readily available food source. Where you believe that your livestock are at risk of attack, secure the animals in suitable enclosures or move them to a more secure area.
  • Am I providing an alternative food source?
    Wild dogs will be attracted to domestic dog food left out and also any fallen fruit from trees and shrubs. Do not leave domestic dog food in areas that wild dogs can access and pick up any fallen fruit from orchids/trees.

Wild dogs, by nature appear thin and to residents may appear 'skinny and malnourished'. Under no circumstances should wild dogs be fed by residents.

The Biosecurity Act 2014 details the maximum penalty of 500 penalty units (or $60 950) for individuals who give food to a category 6 restricted matter such as a wild dog. (45 (1) )

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