Seven-year-old Shantelle (left) and Caitlyn Schottelius, 9, with the only lamb to survive a wild dog attack which killed four lambs on their Tungamull property.
Seven-year-old Shantelle (left) and Caitlyn Schottelius, 9, with the only lamb to survive a wild dog attack which killed four lambs on their Tungamull property. CHRIS ISON CI

How can we protect our poor sheep?

WHEN night falls they go on a vicious killing rampage.

Tungamull property owner Sharon Schottelius wakes every morning wondering what “gruesome” scene awaits her in the paddocks.

For the past week dingoes and other wild dogs have been terrorising Sharon’s sheep and lambs and have also attacked the family dog Rusty, who needed about 80 stitches and cost the family $1500 in vet bills.

Their flock of 20 sheep is now down to 10 and one of five lambs is still alive.

Among those killed was the family’s eight-year-old, hand-reared, pet sheep Molly, which her children had discovered.

“They (the dogs) rip them to shreds,” she said.

“They are not hungry; they just leave them to die.”

Sharon has awoken twice to the same grisly scene and had to put most of the animals down because they were disembowelled.

“What a wonderful way to wake up on a Friday morning,” she said.

She had seen dingoes and wild dogs in the area, but didn’t know what could be done. But they needed culling, she said.

A Biosecurity Queensland spokesman said wild dogs were a Class 2 pest under the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002, and under the Act, landholders were responsible for managing wild dogs on their property.

The spokesman said landowners could bait, set traps, fence their stock off, use guardian animals, or muster animals into an enclosed area.

“Local councils can provide a range of support including the co-ordination of control programs and the provision of bait and trapping services,” the spokesman said.



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