Wild dogs cause a considerable concern for the Goldfields Nullarbor Rangelands Biosecurity Association (GNRBA). One of the challenges is the time and effort it takes to manage them due to distance and man hours pastoralists and doggers alike need to spend checking traps to see they gave been set off and/or still actively set.
GNRBA applied for funding through the WA Wild Dog Action Plan Research and Development Fund to trial the Ezy2C GPS Satellite Foot Hold Trap Alert/Monitoring System, in the hope that it would advance the dog trapping system currently in use across the WA Rangelands.
This new technology was coupled with wild dog traps with the intention to have a signal sent to a mobile device when a trap with a sensor unit is set off. This alerts the person monitoring the trap, who can then visit the site, dispose of the wild dog, and then reset or relocate the trap and sensor.
Although the project is now complete, with a few challenges making the system reliable across difficult terrain and varying elements, the overall value of continuing using such technology will bring a positive outcome for all individuals and organisations managing wild dog predation in WA.
Pastoralists and doggers can see the huge potential of such a technology and will continue working closely with developers for future projects.
This work was possible with funding through the WA Wild Dog Action Plan, and through the Australian Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the Australian Government’s plan for stronger farmers and a stronger economy.