Vic bounty on dogs and foxes

To: "Baus" <>
Subject: Vic bounty on dogs and foxes
From: "Graham Turner" <>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2007 17:49:23 +1000
Seems as though the Vic govt has brought in a bounty on dogs and foxes, but 
only in some areas.

Graham Turner


Foxlotto back as pests roam wider
March 28, 2007 - 3:51PM

Hunters will get $50 per wild dog and $10 per fox under a $1 million Victorian 
government bounty scheme to remove the animals from bushfire-ravaged areas.

But the Victorian Nationals say that won't be enough to protect stock and 
native wildlife from the animals as they roam for food.

The program, expected to run for six months, will target increasing numbers of 
wild dogs and foxes seen after recent bushfires in Victoria's north-east, 
south-west and Gippsland areas, Agriculture Minister Joe Helper said.

"Farmers are reporting an increase in the number of wild dogs and foxes roaming 
more widely in search of food due to the recent fires and this provides an 
opportunity to crack down," Mr Helper said.

The Department of Primary Industries will provide the rewards.
Nationals leader Peter Ryan said the bounty program should be extended across 
the whole state and the money matched by the Department of Sustainability and 
Environment (DSE).

"It will descend into a farce if foxes shot just outside the fire-hit areas are 
not allowed to be included in the bounty program," Mr Ryan said.

He said he had raised the bounty proposal with the Bushfire Ministerial Task 
Force two weeks ago and was pleased the government had taken his advice.

Nationals agriculture spokesman Peter Walsh said that if the government was 
serious about removing the pests it would fund the bounty permanently.

"The only good fox is a dead fox and the same applies to wild dogs, wherever 
they happen to live in Victoria," Mr Walsh said.

He said providing an incentive for hunters to shoot the animals was a positive 

Mr Helper said he expected fewer dogs to be shot than foxes.

"The higher rate for wild dogs is due to the fact they are less prevalent and 
more difficult to catch because they are mostly concentrated in 
difficult-to-access bush," Mr Helper said.

"They also have a greater capacity to attack stock and cause significant 
heartache for individual farmers."

The Bushfire Recovery Fox and Wild Dog Bounty Program is part of the 
government's multi-million dollar Bushfire Recovery Package to be unveiled soon.


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