TALLANGATTA Valley farmer Stuart Morant has the adjoining property to where a prized working cattle dog was killed by wild dogs earlier this week.
Mr Morant, the Victorian Farmers Federation branch president at Tallangatta, says the government’s policy on curbing wild dog numbers and attacks is failing abysmally.
In recent weeks, five wild dogs have been shot in the valley with one shooter getting three and another two.
“One of the things that must illustrate is they are quite brazen because they are encroaching into clear farming land,” Mr Morant said.
He said it was concerning that the cattle dog belonging to Adrian Hobbs was killed so close to his house.
The member for Benambra, Bill Tilley, when told of the cirumstances yesterday morning said: “This has just gone too far.”
He made a commitment to immediately contact Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh who is reponsible for wild dog control.
Both Mr Walsh and the member for Benalla, Bill Sykes, were asked to comment about the latest worrying attack.
A spokesperson for Mr Walsh said he has no further comment on what he said a couple of weeks ago about staff numbers.
But the Department of Environment and Primary Industries has an additional contractor laying baits in the Tallangatta area.
Granya farmer Peter Star is a member of the government’s wild dog advisory committee.
He attended the annual meeting of the Whitfield Wild Dog League at the weekend and told those present, including Dr Sykes, that more dogmen are required to combat the problem.
It was suggested by him that the dogmen working at present have just too much territory to cover.
Mr Star said some at the meeting expressed support for more dogmen, some indicated the increased emphasis on baiting was working and others rejected that assertion.
Mr Walsh acknowledged at a meeting at Tallangatta last November that the North East was three dogmen short, but nothing has been done to replace them 10 months on.
Mr Morant said wild dogs seem to be everywhere.
“Poisoning is not stemming the tide. Whatever they are doing, it is not working. That is what it amounts to,” he said.
“With all the baits that have gone out, the dogs are still coming in increasing numbers.”