Fox and Wild Dog Bounty to continue under Coalition

Victoria’s successful Fox and Wild Dog Bounty will continue under a re-elected Coalition

Government, Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh announced today.

Mr Walsh said the bounty was successfully encouraging farmers and hunters to target the

pest animals by paying $10 per fox scalp and $100 per wild dog skin handed in to statewide

collection centres.

“The Victorian Coalition delivered on our election commitment to reinstate a proper bounty

when we came to Government, with the current $4 million program commencing in October

2011,” Mr Walsh said.

“Since then 332,082 fox scalps and 1526 wild dog skins have been handed in, compared to

just 20,034 foxes eradicated in three years under Labor’s failed Fox Stop program.

“A re-elected Victorian Coalition Government will invest a further $4 million to continue this

popular and effective initiative.

“The only good fox is a dead fox, and the only thing better is a dead wild dog. The Victorian

Coalition will continue to support of the efforts of farmers and hunters who help the broader

farming community by hunting these vicious pests.”

Mr Walsh also announced the second round of aerial baiting on public land in Victoria was

about to commence, as part of coordinated efforts to reduce the impact of wild dogs on

livestock producers in the North East and East Gippsland.

“Aerial baiting was another election promise delivered by the Victorian Coalition Government,

despite attempts to thwart this from a Labor government in Canberra,” Mr Walsh said.

“Aerial baiting is one of a number of improvements the Coalition Government has made to

Victoria’s wild dog control program. It has an important role to play in an integrated approach

to wild dog control that also includes trapping, 1080 ground baiting and shooting.

“This year’s State Budget allocated $1.84 million for aerial and ground 1080 baiting in remote

areas because the Victorian Coalition understands the toll these pests take on our livestock

producers, as well as the damage caused to our native wildlife,” Mr Walsh said.