Wild dogs’ deadly at­tacks

Farm­ers are frus­trated by worst stock kills in 30 years

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Chronicle -

NORTH East farm­ers have vented their frus­tra­tions over ris­ing stock losses at the hands of “out of con­trol” wild dog num­bers.

Mem­bers of the Cheshunt Wild Dog League voiced their con­cerns with Na­tion­als leader Peter Walsh and deputy leader Steph Ryan (MLA, Euroa) in Be­nalla on Wednes­day.

“Farm­ers are re­port­ing that wild dog at­tacks are worse than they’ve seen in 30 years,” Ms Ryan said.

“Terry and Jan Ring from Up­per Ryan’s Creek had 32 sheep killed or maimed in the last three months and this is just one farm.”

Ms Ryan said the State Govern­ment was not lis­ten­ing to farm­ers and needed to do more to stop the dam­age wild dogs were caus­ing.

Mr Walsh said farm­ers were be­yond frus­trated with what he termed the “govern­ment’s lack of in­ter­est and lead­er­ship on the is­sue”.

“Hear­ing from North East farm­ers to­day has re­in­forced to me the need for in­creased con­trol as well as in­put from af­fected land­hold­ers,” he said.

“Since La­bor was elected, the wild dog bounty has not been pro­moted prop­erly and there has been a great deal of con­fu­sion caused by their de­ci­sion to axe the wild dog bounty and then bring it back again thanks to pres­sure from farm­ers, hunters and The Na­tion­als.

“The fox and wild dog boun­ties run by the pre­vi­ous Lib­eral Na­tion­als Govern­ment were a huge suc­cess, and we’ll make sure they are again if we’re elected in Novem­ber.

“We have com­mit­ted to ap­point an in­de­pen­dent chair to the Wild Dog Con­trol Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee, with rel­e­vant wild dog con­trol ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We will re­store ma­jor­ity landowner rep­re­sen­ta­tion to the com­mit­tee, cut the red tape that ham­pers wild dog con­trollers and af­fected landown­ers from con­trol ef­forts and in­tro­duce a com­pet­i­tive ten­der process for spring and au­tumn aerial bait­ing.”

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