IN DANGER: Kylie Kerr with her three-year-old Grace, are urged to leave a Casuarina cycleway by a National Parks and Wildlife Pest Management Officer Lisa Wellman on Monday afternoon.
IN DANGER: Kylie Kerr with her three-year-old Grace, are urged to leave a Casuarina cycleway by a National Parks and Wildlife Pest Management Officer Lisa Wellman on Monday afternoon.

Trapper kills last dog from pack that hunted grandmother

UPDATE 12.30pm: The last dog of three, thought to be responsible for a spate of attacks in Casuarina, has been killed by biosecurity officers.

The Tweed Shire Council with National Parks and Wildlife will remove wild dog warning signs in Casuarina and Cabarita /Bogangar today.

Security guards will also leave the site and barricades will be taken down.

 

INITIAL REPORT: BIOSECURITY authorities will barricade parts of Casuarina beaches and hire guards, so an armed dog trapper can hunt down a wild dog in the area.

Tweed Shire Council said they have dramatically upped the ante on the trapping operation in the multi-million dollar estate because residents ignored warnings to stay clear and have even gone so far as to abuse the dog trapper. 

The dog trapper has scoured the area, killing two of three wild dogs who were believed to be responsible for an attack on a 72-year-old woman, and another lethal attack on a border collie.

Beach accesses and vegetated areas between the southern end of Casuarina and the northern end of Boganger / Cabarita beach will be closed to the public for three days from  2pm NSW Monday 30 March to 2pm Thursday 2 April.

A map showing where residents should not access vegetation, beach or cycle areas.
A map showing where residents should not access vegetation, beach or cycle areas.

While Tweed Daily News was at the scene interviewing National Parks and Wildlife's Lisa Wellman and council's director of natural resources Tracey Stinson, a resident with a dog and baby in a pram was asked to leave immediately.

"That is of great concern - the lack of awareness. And also when people do know and are asked to leave the area are arguing with us and disregarding the request to leave the area," Ms Stinton said.

"We're going to be door knocking on the perimeter. We have to up the ante because, obviously, people aren't listening.

 

"Not only do we have a hungry and dangerous wild dog loose somewhere in this zone - you, your child or your dog could be caught in a trap if you enter in the next 72-hours," she said.

Ms Wellman said residents must remain vigilant about wild dogs in the area.

"People need to keep their own animals away from the area and on a leash at all times.

"They should report sightings of wild dogs to either the NPWS or Tweed Shire Council," she said.



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