Aerial baiting in Victoria
Aerial baiting in Victoria is part of a coordinated effort to reduce the impact of wild dogs on livestock producers. Aerial baiting complements on-ground measures by public and private land managers such as baiting, trapping, shooting and exclusion fencing.
The operation is undertaken in a 3km buffer zone on public land in hard to reach areas of Gippsland and North East Victoria. Community consultation identified sites for aerial baiting that are inaccessible to conventional control methods, are known wild dog pathways and have proximity to private land where wild dog impacts have been reported.
Aerial baiting incorporates the aerial deployment of 4000 fresh meat baits along 400km of public land in the Angora/Cobungra, Bindi and Wonangatta/Punchen Budweid areas in East Gippsland and the Burrowa, Bullhead and Wabba areas of the North East.
The government announced $6.3 million of funding over four years to support the ongoing management of foxes and wild dogs in the 2016-2017 Victorian Budget, including twice yearly aerial baiting for wild dogs.
Aerial baiting is undertaken along defined transects in six sites during spring and autumn as these are the most effective times to target wild dogs.
The following maps provide detail of where aerial baiting occurs in Victoria:
Aerial baiting in Victoria occurs in accordance with an approval (2011/6183) granted by the Australian Government under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). Details on this approval are available on our Invasive Plants and Animals consultations and reviews page.
Wild dog aerial baiting operation report Autumn 2017
The Australian Government provided conditional approval under the EPBC Act (2011/6183) to conduct aerial baiting in Victoria. Between 9 and 10 May 2017, an aerial baiting operation was conducted under this approval. This report provides an overview of the operation and describes how the conditions of the EPBC approval were met. The aerial baiting operation complements the Victorian Government's current Wild Dog Program and community control activities which incorporates a suite of techniques to reduce the impact of wild dogs on livestock enterprises.
Part of the plan
Victoria has a five-year plan for managing wild dogs. The plan is based on a coordinated approach involving the Victorian Government, landholders, the livestock industry and local communities.
Aerial baiting is just one control technique and it complements other on-ground measure including the successful Fox and wild dog bounty.