Wednesday, February 2, 2011

WILD DOGS ROAM CANBERRA


The rugged ranges of the ACT, bordered by fine livestock country on the edge of modern day Canberra, have long been both home and killing field for wild dogs. In the 1800's it was the native Dingo wreaking havoc on the flocks and by the 1900's the domestic dog had interbred with the dingo compounding the problem.

From this newspaper clipping stray dogs were also obviously a problem for 1940's inner suburban Canberra. Remembering that this was a time when un-resumed farming leases still butted up to the inner suburban edges the populace's neglect of household dogs would have intensified a long held problem. Even today, the 2000's, recent reports of packs of wild dogs surface from the Namadgi National Park in the ACT. 

I personally have seen packs in the Brindabella Ranges and despair at their numbers and resilience despite consistent attempts to eradicate them. What struck me most was their size and pig-dog like mix of breeds. Also I think this article is interesting because the Broken Hill 'Barrier Miner' thought it important enough to publish it but then I know how much interest there was around the country at the time for 'detrimental' Canberra Stories. In some ways the same sentiment I believe holds true today...

Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW), - 2 August 1941



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