A healthy wild dog on the outskirts of Innaminka. - The sheep industry has been decimated in the Blackall region in recent years, with the flock reduced...

dingo baiting: a 1913 solution

9 September 2013

Mr. Arthur Temple Clerk writes: Sir,—<*> Having noticed in last issue that the Thargomindah district is suffering from a plague of dingoes doing much havoc among the stock m an old Northern pioneer pastoralist of this State, who suffered heavily from the calf-kiliing propensities of the dingo, may I ask for space to make known my way of poisoning dingoes, which I feel convinced your readers will find a very easy and most effective way of exterminating them:—Take the inside fat of a beast; beat it in a mortar until it is one solid lump and pliable; then take a piece as large as a pigeon's egg, roll it between the palms of your hands till it is a round ball; then open with your pocket knife and insert the strychnine in the centre; squeeze the ball together again. Put all your pills in a paper, and in a saddle bag; then start out on horseback through your paddocks and lay a pill every 500 yards or so, under a bush, always under the east side of the bush so that the midday sun cannot get at- it. The most Important part is the laying of the poison. To lay it so that a dingo will pick it up you must place a small handful of grass on the ground and put your pill on the grass, and then light the grass. As it flares up round the pill the flames singe off all the smell of the hand and give the pill at the same time a nice odor, which the dingo will trace a hundred yards off. I have never known a dingo to pass a pill made in this way. You will not find the dingo close to the poison as the fat does not dissolve quick enough for that, but that he will die you may rest assured.

CAPTION: Wild dog (dingo) near Innaminka, South Australia. Photo © 2013 Steve Marshall

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