The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) is urging the Victorian Government to renew the highly successful Wild Dog Management Plan, which has seen an enormous drop in wild dog attacks on livestock since launching in 2012.
VFF Livestock Group Vice-President and Tallangatta farmer Peter Star said the VFF has written to the government seeking the plan’s renewal after 11 years of positive results protecting farmers, livestock and native wildlife from the effects of wild dogs.
“Since launching in 2012, the Wild Dog Management Plan has been instrumental in a 75 per cent reduction in livestock loss and attacks on properties neighbouring public lands in east and south-west Victoria.”
“Livestock farmers have come to rely on this plan to protect their livestock from the harrowing impacts of wild dogs, and renewing it is a complete no-brainer.”
“Wild dogs cause untold damage to livestock and native wildlife, while the impact of losing livestock to wild dog attacks takes a massive toll on a farmer’s mental health.”
“Wild dog control in the three-kilometre livestock protection buffer delivers genuine conservation outcomes. It also positively impacts Victoria’s dingo population by reducing the risk of crossbreeding with domestic dogs while reducing the impacts of attacks by dingoes and wild dogs on neighbouring livestock production and domestic pets,” Mr Star said.
The VFF’s calls to renew the program come as a Victorian Government review is being undertaken in response to the Parliamentary review into ecosystem decline, which recommended that dingoes, considered a threatened species in Victoria, be protected across the state.
“The current Wild Dog Management Plan balances the needs of farmers and the protection of native animals. I know of incidents where native wildlife has been attacked, and the only option is to euthanise the animal. I would hate to think what would happen if the program wasn’t renewed, so the government must progress with the plan in its current state.”
“The Wild Dog Management Plan is a nation-leading initiative protecting farmers and our native wildlife. The State Government has shown leadership in championing this program, responsible for a significant decline in wild dog attacks over the last 11 years.”
“The VFF supports the program and will continue to engage with the government to ensure that farmers and native wildlife are protected from the ravages of wild dogs,” Mr Star said.