Wild dogs’ deadly attacks
Farmers are frustrated by worst stock kills in 30 years
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.”