A major fox cull in Australia’s state of Victoria has taken over half a million scalps since 2011 as part of a bounty program ran by the Victorian Department of Agriculture.
A major fox cull in the Australian state of Victoria has taken over 500,000 scalps since their operations began in 2011.
Average fox scalp collections ran at around 105,000 each year until 2016-2017 the ABC has reported but those figures have slowed in the last year to 72,000.
Victoria is the only Australian state to have a bounty progam in place for foxes however other states have ran sporadic programs including a 3 day fox hunt in Western Australia which killed 450.
Figures on fox scalps are down which is due to a long wet spring and a long sowing season meaning farmers had less time to hunt.
Ballarat had 80,500 fox scalps between 2011 -2017 while Bendigo had 73,000 for the same period.
Monthly collections are carried out from March until October each year with the Victorian government paying $10 a scalp. The state will also pay for wild dogs shot as well. Feral dogs are also a problem in Australia’s outback regions.
Fox scalps are only accepted when the ears and snout are properly presented and cleaned.
One hunter Norman Bromley told the ABC he had been hunting foxes for years and that lambing season was his busiest time.
"If you just keep shooting the bitches and they're full of pups, well, you get five in one shot,’ he said.
He said he had noticed the foxes were getting thinner.
"They're getting a bit lean now, everyone's on to them."
Fox's are considered an invasive species in Australia after their introduction in the 19th century for sports hunting.
[Story via ABC]