Believe me there are a lot more out there than this figure.
Victorian fox bounty tops 133,000 scalps
Wednesday, 09 January 2013
From the Minister for Agriculture and Food Security
The resounding success of the Victorian Coalition Government's fox and wild dog bounty continues, with more 133,000 fox scalps and 400 wild dog pelts handed in by the end of December 2012.
Agriculture and Food Security Minister Peter Walsh said the bounty was a key election commitment that had received an overwhelming response from farmers and hunters since commencing in October 2011.
"Over 15 months, collection centres have received more than 133,000 fox scalps and 400 wild dog pelts, and the total of bounties paid now exceeds $1.3 million," Mr Walsh said.
"These collection figures show that the bounty continues to play an important role in the Government's integrated approach to fox and wild dog control, in combination with other control methods such as trapping and ground baiting.
"As I've said before, the only good fox is a dead fox so the removal of more than 133,000 of these destructive pests from Victoria's landscape is great news.
"The efforts of farmers and hunters who are supporting the bounty must be recognised, and the Victoria Coalition is most appreciative of their participation."
Mr Walsh said the contrast to the Coalition's successful bounty was the previous Labor government's failed Fox Stop that saw only 20,034 scalps collected over the life of the program.
The fox and wild dog bounty will continue over summer with some small changes to the collection schedule in regards to opening hours and frequency of collection days.
"The Government is conscious of ensuring administration costs related to the bounty are kept as low as possible, to enable the maximum amount of money to be returned directly to hunters," Mr Walsh said.
"Applications for bounty over summer are traditionally at lower levels, so collections will be suspended between January 1 and February 28, 2013.
"This won't restrict hunters' ability to continue hunting, as they can still hunt and collect eligible fox and wild dog body parts."
Mr Walsh said collection centres in Gippsland were receiving lower numbers than some other areas of the state, so collections in the region would align with hunter demand and occur every eight weeks instead of every four weeks.
"These changes are all about operating the bounty as efficiently and effectively as possible," Mr Walsh said.
"Keeping administrative costs to a minimum will maximise the number of Victorian farmers and hunters who benefit while also helping to reduce the devastating impact foxes and wild dogs have on livestock and wildlife."
Victorian landholders participating in the bounty are advised to check the amended details for collection days and opening hours over the summer period at www.dpi.vic.gov.au/bounty
The fox bounty is set at $10 per scalp, and the wild dog bounty is set at $50 per skin.