Exmouth dog baiting deaths

Submitted: Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 08:29
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About 6 dogs killed by baits on the perimeter of Ningaloo caravan park and resort including our beautiful red kelpie. Police are investigating. Exmouth vet is great but couldn't save our dog. Avoid Exmouth until they catch the perpetrator
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Reply By: Lachie - Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 08:56

Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 08:56
Sorry to hear about your loss Collin . Never easy losing your pets, one gets very attached to the old mutts. Was it 1080?
Don,t like 1080 , seen a few good farm dogs killed from it. Fox's can carry the bait a few K's away from the bait site and then bury it for later on, Apparently it can be potent for quite awhile.
Your case though seems to be some sicko doing it.
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Follow Up By: Dennis Ellery - Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 09:40

Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 09:40
We have just returned from Exmouth.
There are signs in the surrounding national parks warning of 1080 baiting
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Reply By: Member - KBAD - Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 10:07

Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 10:07
Never good to loose a pet in such circumstances our commiseration's Collin.
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Follow Up By: Member - KBAD - Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 10:29

Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 10:29
Collin did you report it to the RSPCA as there have been a number of other baiting incidents in WA that they are investigating the contact number is 1300 278 3589.
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Reply By: collin - Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 11:58

Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 11:58
The poison is thought to be strychnine . A horrific death.
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Follow Up By: collin - Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 21:38

Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 21:38
Exmouth has a wonderful community but one sicko is spoiling it for everyone. The people here raised the money for testing within hours. Just be really careful with your dogs around the caravan park and other areas which the police have more details about. The people who helped us (Karl and Johanna ) and the Vet Megan are wonderful.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 at 23:21

Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 at 23:21
I am sorry to hear of the loss of your dog Collin; very sad and should never happen. The perpetrator has committed a crime.

I am surprised that someone had Strychnine tablets, as we have not been able to get permits to purchase for quite some years. Permits now are for 1080 impregnated baits only.

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Follow Up By: TTTSA - Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 at 15:19

Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 at 15:19
I doubt you could obtain a permit to buy heroin either. These type of people don't worry about obeying the law.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 at 17:06

Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 at 17:06
The black market for drugs is huge but I doubt there would be much point into dealing in Strychnine.

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Follow Up By: Slow one - Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 at 18:35

Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 at 18:35
If someone wants strychnine all they have to do is go and pick a big batch of gold top or blue meanie mushrooms.

They scrambled many a long haired leaping gnomes brains.
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Reply By: Member - Fab72 (Paradise SA) - Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 21:00

Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 21:00
I think 1080 should be banned and so does my little girl in my profile pic.
So sorry to hear Colin. I hope they catch the A Holes responsible.

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Follow Up By: Member - KBAD - Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 22:05

Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 22:05
Broome and Derby are having issues as well apparently.
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Follow Up By: Witi Repartee - Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 at 19:40

Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 at 19:40
It's easy to emotively say ban it...do you have any suggestions for a replacment? Does the deaths of a few pets justify banning an effective method of controlling introduced feral predators decimating our wild life.
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Follow Up By: Member - KBAD - Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 at 22:11

Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 at 22:11
Talking about strychnine in these cases that will kill anything including people.
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Follow Up By: Member - Fab72 (Paradise SA) - Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 13:31

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 13:31
Witi Repartee ... there are other solutions.
The native dingo is a very effective natural control method for controlling introduced feral predators like cats, rabbits and foxes that decimate our wildlife especially small marsupials and birds.
Unfortunatley even 1080 won't eradicate some introduced pests like cane toads.
The ONLY reason our own natural top order predator is frowned upon is that they do attack the occasional lamb. However that is not a matter of whether they are an effective pest controller, that then becomes an issue of lost financial revenue for the grazier.
Still....what is the cost of baiting?
Colin clearly sees that by "cost" I refer to more than $$$.

Fab.
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Follow Up By: Slow one - Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 15:30

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 15:30
Fab,
one of the problems with dingoes is, if there is a pack they will kill many sheep (not just lambs) just for the fun of it.

I have seen 30 plus sheep dead and dying from single attacks. That is when the property owner goes after them.

With the abundance of cattle watering points say every 8 to 10k and the amount of dingo breakfast available they do get out of hand, some of the dingoes say their great,great, great and so on grandfathers have told them they have never had it so good, so go forth and multiply as there is breakfast lunch and tea for all of you.


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Follow Up By: Member - Fab72 (Paradise SA) - Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 18:27

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 18:27
Yeah it's not quite like that.
Dingoes are monogamous and only have one partner for life. They only go on heat once a year (unlike domestics). The average litter size is 5-6 of which 75% will die before their first birthday either through trapping, shooting, poisoning or natural causes. Out of the remaining number, unless the last one standing is a female, there is no chance of reproduction. They really do have it tough. Pure dingo numbers are at significantly low numbers.
The other point is...cast your mind back 250 years. There was never a "dingo problem" back then. Nor was their fox, rabbit or feral cat problems. There were more species of birds, lizards, marsupials and floral about. The problem is not with the native dingo, the problem is with the introduction of non-native species...... sheep being one of them.
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Follow Up By: Slow one - Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 at 05:21

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 at 05:21
Fab,
yes it is sad that the pure dingo is becoming a thing of the past due to the mixing of domestic dog breeds.

Some of those breeds mixed with the cunning of the dingo create some a very nasty bits of work.
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Follow Up By: Member - Fab72 (Paradise SA) - Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 12:27

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 12:27
...and very unpredictable behaviour too.
I trust my Dina around my kids but I'd be very apprehensive about a Dingo X Bitsa.
Fab.
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Reply By: Kazza055 - Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 23:16

Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 23:16
But if your dog is on a leash as it should be in place like this, how does to pick up a bait?
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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 at 14:29

Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 at 14:29
With its mouth?????
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Follow Up By: Colin P3 - Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 at 15:11

Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 at 15:11
A dog on a leash can easily pick up a bait so quickly that the best owner could not stop it. I suspect your not a dog owner or surely you would know that. JMHO.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 at 17:05

Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 at 17:05
When travelling in unknown areas always keep a muzzle on your dog when out walking it.

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Reply By: Wayne's 60 - Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 at 01:22

Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 at 01:22
Hi Collin,

We are very upset to hear the news that a number of dogs have succumbed to poisoning - possibly the 1080 baits, and this includes your red kelpie.

We were taken to task on this forum awhile ago for our views.

A grave at the back of Victoria Rock will support our views.

A recent visit to the Shark Bay area and discussions with the Shark Bay ranger suggests that crows may be responsible for moving baits into populated areas.

We have a small, very well trained dog. Our Red Dog tries to educate other dog owners to the perils of travelling with a dog. He can be found on facebook if you wish to look.

Sorry to say that unless the dog is on a lead and muzzled, there is a very high risk.

Our condolences for your loss.

Regards,
Wayne & Sally.




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Follow Up By: Slow one - Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 at 05:07

Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 at 05:07
W & S,
If you go back up the thread you will see Colin has clarified the poisonings.

Quote"The poison is thought to be strychnine" so it appears the baits were set on purpose.

They may catch the person and they may not but it looks like it has nothing to do with the 1080 program.
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 at 14:46

Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 at 14:46
that grave at the back of victoria rock supports that dogs are domestic animals and have no place in the natural environment including the victoria rock nature reserve

1080 has done a heck of alot to protect native animals in that area and others
i suggest you go to the kalgoorlie visitor centre and see if they still have the fauna survey taken by the kalgoorlie naturalist club at victoria rocks and then maybe you will take another view
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Follow Up By: collin - Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 at 17:37

Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 at 17:37
The act of laying strychnine baits in the vicinity of the caravan park is nothing but the act of a sick mind. My dog, Cabbie was on her lead in an area designated for dog walking as we're the other six or so dogs
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Reply By: Colin P3 - Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 at 15:13

Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 at 15:13
Collin our thoughts go out to you. So sad.
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