Wild dogs are a huge problem in farming areas around the mountains in north east Victoria. They also prey heavily on native fauna. The issue of dog control has risen again recently in Victoria because of claims that there are fewer people employed to control population numbers.
According to a report in The Weekly Times (29/4/15):
“The Victorian Government employs 18 dog trappers, 10 in Gippsland and eight across the North East.
The Victorian Farmers Federation says that five years ago there were 25 trappers for the same area.
But the community engagement officer for the Government’s wild dog program, Barry Davies, said there were now “five or six casual wild dog controllers, two contractors and 25 field services officers who are trained to various degrees, some capable of trapping dogs.”
The full article, by journalist Kath Sullivan can be found here. It highlights the impacts on farmers and animals as a result of dog attacks on stock.
There are, of course, a number of ways of dealing with the problem. Trapping and shooting is a traditional method. Is funding for dog-proof fencing an option in key farming areas around the high country national parks? Some farmers use Maremmas (is a breed of livestock guardian dog indigenous to central Italy), while others bait.
There is also some question about whether the government will allocate more resources to employ additional hunters in the state budget, due to be released in early May.