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.
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 interactive map displays the autumn 2018 aerial baiting transects and six aerial baiting areas across Gippsland and North East Victoria. The transects will be flown by helicopter during the aerial baiting operation and are located within 3km of the private land and public land interface.
The following maps provide detail of where aerial baiting occurs in Victoria in each of the six aerial baiting areas:
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 Spring 2017
The Australian Government provided conditional approval under the EPBC Act (2011/6183) to conduct aerial baiting in Victoria. Between 17 and 18 October 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.