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Public comment invited on proposal to import African Wild Dog into Tasmania, by 21 August 2017

The African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) is a unique species that originally occurred throughout sub-Saharan Africa with large home ranges. The African wild dog is considered to be of great conservation importance, as they are classified as the most endangered carnivore in southern Africa with populations continuing to decline.


Staff members from varying agencies of DPIPWE assessed the African wild dog as being moderately dangerous to humans, having a low establishment risk with an extreme consequence of establishment. Consequently, the assessment concluded that the risk posed by importing African wild dog into Tasmania would be serious.


The risk assessment is available for viewing on the DPIPWE website.