Wild dog problems on the rise
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.