Wild dog prob­lems on the rise

Mt Buller News - - NEWS -

STATE mem­ber for Eil­don, Cindy McLeish (MLA, Eil­don), has re­sponded to Mer­ri­jig and high coun­try res­i­dents’ con­cerns that the wild dog pop­u­la­tion is on the rise.

Send­ing out an of­fi­cial let­ter, Ms McLeish im­plored res­i­dents to con­tact the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Land, Wa­ter and Plan­ning (DELWP) to re­port any stock losses.

“I am par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in the im­pact wild dogs are hav­ing in your area, and would ap­pre­ci­ate hear­ing from all com­mu­nity mem­bers who have in­for­ma­tion about wild dogs,” Ms McLeish wrote.

“Wild dogs can dec­i­mate farm­ing en­ter­prises, caus­ing sig­nif­i­cant stock losses, and have se­ri­ous con­se­quences for bio­di­ver­sity and the health and sus­tain­abil­ity of ru­ral and re­gional Vic­to­ria.

“It’s es­ti­mated the im­pact of wild dogs comes at a cost of $13 – $18 mil­lion per year.”

The let­ter comes af­ter the Ma­honeys’ prop­erty (Mer­ri­jig) was raided mul­ti­ple times dur­ing re­cent months, with up­wards of 30 lambs killed.

Since then, a black wild dog has been caught and killed at Mer­ri­jig – be­lieved to be re­spon­si­ble for the at­tacks – but wild dog ac­tiv­ity con­tin­ues to re­main a prob­lem in the area.

The Vic­to­rian Par­lia­ment has also ex­tended its sub­mis­sion pe­riod into its in­quiry into in­va­sive an­i­mals – in­clud­ing not just wild dogs but deer, foxes, rab­bits, feral pigs and goats.

Sub­mis­sions are now able to be made un­til Septem­ber 5.

Ms McLeish would also like to hear from any­one who is hav­ing is­sues with wild dogs, and her of­fice can be con­tacted on 9370 1066.

To make a sub­mis­sion to the Vic­to­rian Par­lia­ment En­vi­ron­ment, Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee, go to www.par­lia­ment.vic.gov.au/ en­r­rdc.

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