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Local winners in fox dog lotto

Fox and wild dog baiting has ramped up this autumn as farmers have responded to Fox Dog Lotto, a competition run by Riverina Local Land Services to reward farmers who bait and control these feral pests that wreak havoc on livestock and native animals..

Over the past three months, there have been 9 winners of bags of dog food in the monthly draws of Fox Dog Lotto. In the Wagga area, Randyn Fischer, Malcolm Plum, Alison Lumsden, and Bruce Johnston were winners and received their bags of dog food at the Riverina Co-op.

Local Land Services is keen to recognise the efforts of farmers who participate in Feral Fighters – the local groups who bait together to control foxes over wide areas of farmland.

Foxes are a serious threat to lamb survival and also decimate small native animals such as glider possums, birds and lizards that are part of a healthy environment.

All our winners entered the Fox Dog Lotto draw by buying baits from Riverina Local Land Services recently to control foxes, and are in the running for the grand prize of an aluminium boat package that will be drawn at the Henty Field Days in September.

Kate Radford from Riverina Local Land Services in Wagga, congratulated Bruce Johnston on his win, and said that it was great to see the support local farmers are giving to the Feral Fighters program.

“We’re really pleased to see how many farmers are responding to the publicity around fox and wild dog control by joining in the competition.

“The more people who get on board, the more impact we can have on lowering lamb losses and reducing the number of foxes in spring”, she added.

Entry forms are available from every office of Riverina Local Land Services. Entry is by either buying baits or scanning a photo of fox or wild dog control and emailing it to foxdog.lotto@lls.nsw.gov.au. The competition is open till 14 September.

Media contact: Juliet Cullen, Riverina Local Land Services 6923 6355 or 0427 486 875