SICKENING LOSS: Les Hadlow of Ninderry lost nine sheep when wild dogs got among them this week. Sunshine Coast Council considers wild dogs a serious issue.
SICKENING LOSS: Les Hadlow of Ninderry lost nine sheep when wild dogs got among them this week. Sunshine Coast Council considers wild dogs a serious issue. Darryn Smith

Dogs tear into hinterland sheep

SEVERAL sheep have been mauled to death and another had to be put down after wild dogs invaded a Ninderry property this week.

Real estate agent Les Hadlow said he woke on Wednesday morning to find the carnage.

Seven of his sheep were dead and another that had to be destroyed.

"All its back was just ripped open. We stitched up others that will hopefully survive," Mr Hadlow said.

"It's bloody terrible."

Mr Hadlow believed either wild dogs or dingoes were to blame.

"We haven't had them for quite some years, but they're certainly back now," he said.

"When it happened last time I put the sheep in the barns at night time just in case.

"I will start locking them up at night again. But there are a lot of people around the area who have sheep and people who have household pets who should be warned."

A Sunshine Coast Council spokeswoman said it had been in contact with Mr Hadlow and had provided assistance.

"Wild dogs are a serious issue and failure to control them can result in livestock losses, attacks on domestic pets and the loss of native fauna," the spokeswoman said.

Bio-security Queensland and the council supported community groups baiting wild dogs, she said.

The council offers at least two baiting periods each year.

They are generally for a period of four weeks. The most recent regional baiting program began last month."


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