The Victorian fox bounty will resume in March with collection centres opening across the state.
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) pest animal expert John Matthews said the fox bounty would continue as per normal this year.
“The collection period for the fox bounty, which has accounted for 347,000 foxes since its inception, will run from March until the end of October, consistent with previous years.”
Collection centres will also receive acceptable wild dog skin pieces from March until 30 June when the wild dog bounty will conclude in line with a Victorian Labor Government election commitment.
“Eligible participants can submit entire fox scalps for a $10 reward and acceptable wild dog skin pieces for a $100 reward during scheduled collection times,” Mr Matthews said.
Mr Matthews said protecting vulnerable livestock and native animals from foxes and wild dogs required an integrated approach including poison baiting, trapping, and exclusion fencing.
“People or businesses who buy, trade, sell, or offer commission or accept royalties for fox or wild dog skins from any hunter anywhere in Australia are not eligible to participate in the bounty.”
Mr Matthews urged people to check collection centre times as there will be some minor scheduling changes at some centres.
“Wild dog collections will end on the 30 June 2015 across the state,” Mr Matthews said.
For full details on collection times and locations, terms and conditions and frequently asked questions, please visit www.depi.vic.gov.au/bounty or call the DEDJTR Customer Service Centre on 136 186.