Vic farmers urged to make most of wild dog bounty


Friday 10 March 2017

 

FARMERS can now help to wipe out one of Victoria’s major menaces with the State Government this week restarting its bounty on wild dogs.


The Victorian Farmers Federation won support for the renewed bounty in last year’s State budget after the program was scrapped in 2015, with eligible hunters able to claim a $120 reward for each wild dog killed.


“Producers have an ongoing battle with wild dogs attacking new-born lambs, attacks which are not only cruel but reduce the ability of producers to run livestock,” VFF Land Management Committee Chairman Gerry Leach said.


“This bounty will help farmers and professional shooters reduce the impact of this menace.”


The programme last ran in 2013-14, when 587 pelts were claimed on top of the 480 dogs caught by the Government’s wild dog collectors.


Mr Leach said the VFF hoped the new program would see a similar result.


“We’re pleased to see the program has come back because last time it ran it was very successful at little cost,” he said.


This week also saw the Government kick off its successful fox bounty scheme, which last year saw more than 85,500 fox scalps collected, with hunters able to claim $10 per scalp.


The collection period for the fox and wild dog bounty will run from March through to October, with hunters encouraged to look out for minor scheduling changes due to public holidays.


More information is available on the scheme at: www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/bounty


Media Contacts:

Gerry Leach, VFF Land Management Committee Chair: 0429 941 235

Ashley Mackinnon, VFF Public Affairs Officer: 0417 165 784