VICTORIAN farmers have praised a State Government pledge to renew a bounty on wild dogs from early next year.
The Victorian Farmers Federation welcomed the news that the Government would introduce the $120 bounty, in addition to a $10 fox bounty, with collection of skins to occur from March and October 2017 in controlled zones across Northern Victoria and Gippsland.
“Wild dogs attacks are a major threat to the agriculture sector – they’re not only cruel, but they reduce the ability of producers to run livestock,” VFF wild dog spokesperson Peter Star said.
“We’re pleased to see the Government reinstate the bounty because last time the program ran it was extremely successful at very little cost.”
Mr Star said 587 pelts were claimed in 2013-14, which was on top of the 480 dogs caught by the Government’s wild dog controllers.
“I didn’t understand why the Government got rid of the bounty, considering it resulted in so many dogs being taken out of the landscape, but it’s great to see they’ve put more resources into the program for next year” he said.
The Government has also committed to kick starting a new wild dog management advisory committee, with expressions of interest for the new committee will be sought from next month.
The Committee will evaluate the success of the bounty after 12 months and make recommendations to the Government on its future use.
People wanting to participate in the wild dog bounty must understand where wild dogs can be controlled in the State.