Control pests such as wild dogs with upcoming training

THERE will be a free training session on how to control pest species for landholders this week and next week.

Wild dogs are considered a serious pest in Australia because they attack livestock and native animals, can spread diseases and threaten human health, safety and wellbeing.

North Coast Local Land Services is offering the training.

Leader of the invasive species team, Dean Chamberlain, said the training sessions would ensure landholders were appropriately skilled to handle pest species on their properties.

"Recognising the importance of working collaboratively, local landholders are encouraged to participate in training courses such as these and provide input into options and strategies for local wild dog management and control," Mr Chamberlain said.

The training will be delivered by biosecurity officers from North Coast Local Land Services and covers topics such as baiting techniques, toxicity, storage, transport, legislation and occupational health and safety.

On completion of the course participants will be issued a certification card and remain accredited to use 1080 and Pindone for five years.

The Vertebrate Pest Induction Training course is available to landholders to facilitate the use of 1080 and Pindone baits on their properties.

The three hour course is being offered in Lismore on February 18 and Casino on February 11.

Both courses commence at 9am and finish at 12pm.

For more details and to register, call North Coast Local Land Services on 6623 3900.

Registration prior to the training sessions is essential.