Labor out of touch when it comes to wild dog problem in the north east

Thursday 6 June 2019

The Andrews Labor Government’s policy to leave controlled deer to rot on public land is essentially feeding and supporting wild dog populations in north east Victoria.

Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio has confirmed a Parks Victoria deer culling program was allowing shooters to leave deer carcases where they fall but rubbished concerns it was feeding up wild dog populations.

Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy said photographs published by media today prove the Minister is dead wrong.

“The Andrews Government has no idea of the damage their ill-informed policy is doing,” Mr McCurdy said.

“Landholders are already facing a battle to keep their livestock safe from wild dogs, but the Andrews Government is making their job infinitely harder by littering nearby public land with a smorgasbord of culled deer.”

The Environment Minister told Parliament “while wild dogs visit deer carcasses during the recreational hunting season, the primary mode of decomposition for the carcasses was through invertebrates, as opposed to consumption by wild dogs.”

She said the carcases were only removed when they had ‘no impact on visual amenity or water quality’, otherwise will be left ‘where they fall’. Not only would it feed up wild dog populations, but other predators including foxes and feral pigs would also benefit.

Shadow Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh said Labor was taking an out-of-sight, out-of-mind approach.

“This just confirms our worst fears that the Andrews’ Government’s mismanagement of problem deer is quite literally feeding wild dogs and fox populations,” Mr Walsh said.

“We all know the devastation wild dogs in particular cause to native fauna and farm animals, as well as the angst they create for farmers, so this ‘visiting carcasses’ response is just an absolute, out of touch insult.

“The Minister has basically set up an all-you-can-eat buffet for these horrific predators.”

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