Spring 2003
WOMBATS  v  THE DOG-FENCE

 


The following information is now a bit dated but still quite fascinating and was very kindly offered by Mr. Walter Dunn, Chairman of The Fowlers Bay Local Dog Fence Board at that time.

 

Their jurisdiction covers some 3477 sq. kms. of country containing only 31 rate-payers, and 124 kms of dog- fence.    The dog-fence from Penong Corner to Colona Corner was erected in 1905, from Colona Corner to the Eyre Highway in 1978/79 and from the Eyre Highway to the Coast in 1977.

 

A solar powered electric fence was started in October 1981 with a 16km stretch, followed by a further 3kms in April 1982 and then another 70kms from the Eyre Highway to Penong Corner in May 1984.

 

Just have a look at the following tables to see the dramatic effect that the electric fence has had on the numbered of breaches to the original “vermin-proof’ fence.     It is almost unbelievable!

TABLE 1.

NUMBER OF HOLES UNDER THE FENCE FROM 1975

YEAR WOMBAT FOX TOTAL
1975 795 14 809
1976 723 76 799
1977 1298 63 1361
1978 529 32 561
1979 355 29 384
1980 1040 152 1192
1981 1185 155 1340
1982 2370 205 2575
1983/84 354 249 603
1984/85 8 166 176
1985/86 10 126 136
1986/87 4 70 74
1987/88 14 193 207
1988/89 3 130 133

                                                                              

TABLE 2.

DINGOES TRAPPED ON THE FENCE FROM 1964 

YEAR No. YEAR No.
1964 7 1977 23
1965 3 1978 10
1966 0 1979 5
1967 5 1980 12
1968 3 1981 25
1969 3 1982 39
1970 10 1983 76
1971 9 1984 32
1972 7 1984 51
1973 6 1986 41
1974 8 1987 42
1975 2 1988 46
1976 12 1989 10

                                                        

 
 
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