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Friday, May 29, 2015

Farmer's wild dog trees

Trees near the towns of Benambra and Myrtleford in Victoria are displaying an usual sight in recent weeks - dead wild dogs.  They decimate livestock, particularly sheep, and kill native animals.

Robert Belcher from Bonang near the Snowy Mountains National Park, said hanging the wild dogs in trees and on fences where they can be easily seen, is a tradition and lets farmers know that one more predator has been caught.

The displays also help city tourists realize just how bad the problem is. Because they don't see them, doesn't mean they aren't there.  Mr Belcher said there are "thousands" in bushland near his home. Some of the dogs are huge.  "You've got no hope against a dog like that" he said.

But come 30th June 2015, the Victorian state government will cease to pay a bounty for wild dogs and all the good work will stall. 

Words fail me. 

Robert Belcher