Dog Tree

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Just on the edge of town there is a sign directing you to Dog Tree Road. And if you know what you’re looking for, you’ll come across a very unusual tree.

You might easily drive past as it blends in so well with the surroundings. This ordinary looking tree, just inside the State Forest, is hung with dead, wild dogs.

These dogs have been hunted, killed and strung up. It’s a gruesome and strange display.

In 2013 the ABC reported that “wild dogs are on the verge of wiping out sheep grazing in many parts of Australia, threatening the future of small communities that rely on wool production for their survival.

For years, the feral dogs have been costing farmers hundreds of millions of dollars annually. It’s become the most critical animal welfare issue facing Australian agriculture.”

I’m still not sure why the dogs carcasses have been left to rot on the tree. Perhaps as some sort of statement about the wild dog problem?

It looks like the opening of a horror movie…

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. camille
    Jan 28, 2014 @ 10:31:31

    Can’t believe that is in Australia in 2014. If the world news reported on this we would look like real heartless hunters.

    Reply

  2. Liv Denahy
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 08:30:14

    A nasty visual but necessary in the bush I guess.

    Reply

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