A LEADING farmer group in Western Australia has officially called a Victorian-style wild dog bounty to be funded by the Federal Government.
The Pastoralists and Graziers Association of WA have called for $6 million to fund a $200 a head bounty on wild dogs to arrest the growing problem.
"Wild dogs are the most vicious and brutal predators in WA and their main prey are livestock, horses, pets and native animals," PGA Wild Dog Control spokesman Will Scott said.
"Attacks on livestock from wild dogs have now reached plague proportions in Western Australia and what was once considered to be only a 'pastoral' problem has now extended to the agricultural region.
"Each year, producers in Western Australia lose livestock worth millions of dollars due to wild dog attacks. While the financial loss of a single animal may range from $100-$500 wild dogs rarely attack just a single animal and they continue to kill and maim until the food source is exhausted, or the dogs have been destroyed.
"The WA State Government continues to spend millions of dollars on wild dog control, however what is needed is an effective short-term solution that will dramatically cull the numbers of wild dogs," Mr Scott said.
"A $200 a scalp bounty will provide such a solution and will assist the WA State Government and Regional Biosecurity Groups in reducing the wild dog numbers to a controllable level.
"Once the wild dog numbers are at a controllable level, then the ongoing control measurers of baiting and hiring of professional doggers will be more effective.
"We are calling on the Federal Government to provide $6 million over three years for a bounty program to reduce the wild dog population in Western Australia by 30,000."
The Victorian Government promised $4 million over the next four years to pay $50 a head bounty for wild dogs and $10 a head for foxes which started in October last year.
According to Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh at the end of March this year 27,821 scalps were turned in during the program's first five months, which included 168 wild dogs.