Myall Lakes Dingo Project launches reporting site

Collared female SLF2003 playing with SLF2001 in Hawks Nest. Photo: Bobby-Jo Photography.

 

THE Myall Lakes Dingo Project has launched its reporting site.

After a year of planning and monitoring the area, the collaborative project between Centre for Ecosystem Science at the University of New South Wales and Taronga Conservation Society, with support from NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, are excited to reveal a dingo sighting website.

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Established in 2019, the project works to develop and test non-lethal tools for management of Dingoes.

This site will aid in supporting coexistence with Dingoes, and will not lead to any lethal management.

Dr Neil Jordan says that the project’s aim is to help understand and protect Dingoes.

“Obviously living alongside Dingoes is difficult, particularly for livestock producers and farmers at the moment.

“The tools that they have at their disposal are for the most part lethal control, and so we’re trying to fill this gap with a biologically relevant non-lethal tool,” he said.

The project is also looking to understand the communication system of Dingoes, including how Dingoes communicate their ownership of space and territories, particularly through the use of scent and sound.

To monitor this, camera trap stations have been set up on known marking spots which are located through a National Parks and Wildlife Services’ trained scat detection dog.

There are also a number of radio collar Dingoes around the area that send an update on location multiple times a day via satellite.

This allows the Myall Lakes Dingo Project to track how Dingoes are ranging and when experiments take place, how this is affected by the tools that the project is testing.

“Our reporting site allows anyone to report a sighting, which is very useful for us in developing a picture of where these individuals and packs are ranging, particularly for uncollared Dingoes,” Dr Jordan said.

Uncollared Dingoes are identified through markings and patterns on their coat, which are unique to each animal.

The Myall Lakes Dingo Project is funded by the Hermon Slade Foundation and Taronga Zoo and works together with National Parks and Wildlife and MidCoast Council.

To report a sighting, visit the website: https://ee.kobotoolbox.org/x/dGKgp9ak

 

By Tara CAMPBELL

 

Two female dingoes from the Stewart and Lloyd pack. Photo: Bobby-Jo Photography.

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