Wild dogs kill kangaroos at Macadamia Castle

A kangaroo at the Macadamia Castle's new kangaroo and emu enclosure.
A kangaroo at the Macadamia Castle's new kangaroo and emu enclosure. Alex Easton

THE Macadamia Castle will re-open its kangaroo enclosure next week* after having to reinforce it because of a wild dog attack.

The dogs managed to get under the main perimeter fence which has a 30cm skirt on the bottom and then under two more fences to get to the kangaroos. Seven of the 13 roos in the enclosure were killed.

Owner Tony Gilding said the other roos were moved to a smaller, more secure space while they rebuilt the fences. They have employed a professional trapper to catch the dogs.

The attack happened last Tuesday night and Mr Gilding said it was the first time in 38 years that dogs had got into the Macadamia Castle. He suspects work on the Pacific Hwy may have made it easier for dogs to roam in the area.

"They've created a dirt road highway for dogs," he said. "Previously dogs would have to make their way though thick scrub (to get here). The trapper says they like to travel on dirt roads and will travel big distances, up to 20km."

Mr Gilding said there were no signs the dogs had tried to make their way into any of the other animal enclosures.

"We're talking to the RTA, but they could be taking it more seriously in my view. They have now agreed to share the fencing costs and to bait on their side of the fence, but they are definitely coming in from RTA property."

Mr Gilding said the Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA) had also been "useless".

"The LHPA have responsibility for the baiting and the removal of wild dogs, but when I called them and asked what I had to do to put down some baits they just told me it used to be much easier. I don't want to hear that; I just want some information on what I have to do."

* An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the enclosure would open yesterday

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