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STRAY DOGS CAUSE DESTRUCTION IN RURAL AREAS.

Stray dogs caused havoc when they entered an auction kraal in Whittlesea and attacked and killed 28 ewes and 1 ram – all of this whilst 2 shepherds were appointed to look after the animals.  Due to delays in transportation, the animals had to be kept overnight.  They were all destined for newly established wool sheep cooperatives focussing on youth. These animals were part of 700 ewes and 28 rams purchased from commercial breeding flocks for distribution to 7 Youth Cooperatives in Whittlesea to assist in creating future farmers in these areas. The cooperatives were established on the initiative of the Zulukama community.

This again highlights the problem of stray dog as predators in rural areas.  Last year, Niel Viljoen, well-known predator expert, presented a predator-management training course to 33 communal farmers at Middledrift and Idutywa. The course focused mainly on the management of jackal and caracul, although stray dogs also cause stock losses in these areas.

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