Vic bounty on dogs and foxes

To: "Graham Turner" <>
Subject: Vic bounty on dogs and foxes
From: "Dave Torr" <>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2007 18:06:59 +1000
How much does it cost to set up a breeding program for foxes (or wild dogs)
and get a guaranteed return from the Govt?????

On 28/03/07, Graham Turner <> wrote:

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

"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

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 move.

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


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