UPDATE: A LEADING expert on wild dogs is unimpressed by the Victorian Government's plan to double the bounty on the pest animal.
Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh announced yesterday the bounty for wild dog pelts would increase from $50 to $100 to give more incentive to shoot the pests.
But National Wild Dog Facilitator Greg Mifsud said the additional bounty money could be much better spent on other control methods
"The (additional bounty) money could be better spent to support on ground control programs," Mr Mifsud said.
And he didn’t believe it would result in any more of the pest animals being killed.
"People are already taking the opportunity to shoot dogs when they have the chance… I don’t think an addition of $50 a head will increase the number (of dog) been taken," Mr Mifsud said.
Mr Walsh said 430 wild dog pelts had been handed in since the bounty program began in October 2011 and he believed the additional money would encourage hunters to spend more time eradicating the pest.
"The Coalition Government wants to provide additional incentives for hunters to get out and help reduce wild dog numbers, and to recognise the time and skill involved in shooting the cunning pests."
The Government’s four-year $4 million bounty on foxes and wild dogs was introduced in October 2011 and has seen 430 wild dog pelts and more than 133,000 fox scalps handed in so far.
The increased wild dog bounty will begin when collections resume in March.