Rylstone: Wild Dogs

Wild Dogs Caught at Nullo

The Rylstone Wild Dog Association recently acquired two grants to hire a dog trapper in the region. During the trapper’s first week, he managed to trap eight dogs at Nullo Mountain and in the Wollemi National Park. Wild dogs pose a significant threat to the domestic livestock industries and to our native animals, often killing vulnerable species and their young.

Wild dogs can have both positive and negative impacts on the environment. They can reduce the impacts of overgrazing in arid and semi-arid ecosystems by regulating the abundance of native and exotic herbivores. Wild dogs may also suppress the abundance of cats and foxes, thereby reducing these introduced predators. However wild dogs may have significant impact on threatened species such as koalas. Furthermore, wild dogs contribute to the spread of deadly diseases, including parvovirus, toxoplasmosis, hepatitis and neospora caninum just to name a few.

Wild dogs are a 'declared pest animal' under the Local Land Services Act 2013 and are defined as: 'any dog, including a dingo, that is, or has become wild, but excludes any dog kept in accordance with the Companion Animals Act 1998, the Exhibited Animals Protection Act 1986, or the Animal Research Act 1985 or any legislation made in replacement of any of those Acts'.

Wild dog refers to any dog living in the wild, including feral dogs, dingoes and hybrids of the two.


Landholders are asked to remain vigilant and report all Wild Dog sightings to the Local Land Survives biosecurity team 1300 795 299.

Report: 1300 795 299.

Report: 1300 795 299.