Wild dog bounty scheme

The bounty scheme is a part of the drought relief package. It is a way of reducing costs to landholders in drought affected areas who are under pressure from wild dogs. This drought relief measure will provide landholders the opportunity to claim $120 per wild dog killed humanely on their land.

The bounty will provide financial support to landholders who are affected by both drought and wild dogs.

In order to claim, eligible landholders will need to submit evidence of each wild dog killed. The scheme is running until 30 June 2021 or until the allocated funding runs out.

Details of how to submit a claim are listed below.

See more information about the management of wild dogs in South Australia.

Who can claim a bounty?

Claimants must be the land owner or land manager of the land where the wild dog was killed.

Additional people may have been given permission by the landholder to shoot or trap wild dogs on their land. In these cases, all claims must be submitted by the land holder or land manager.

What geographic areas are included?

The wild dogs must be killed on private land in regions of South Australia that have been declared drought affected

View a map of South Australian drought-affected lands. (PDF 1.5 MB)

Who is not eligible to claim a bounty?

  • Trappers contracted by the South Australian Government
  • Fence Patrollers, who are employed by Local Dog Fence Boards, or by those who manage sections of the Dog Fence
  • Recreational hunters*

  • Commercial kangaroo harvesters and property staff*

*Note, if the landholder has given permission for staff, recreational hunters, or commercial kangaroo harvesters to shoot wild dogs, the claim must be submitted by the landholder.

How can the bounty be claimed?

Bounties can only be claimed for wild dogs humanely shot or trapped between 1 April 2020 and 30 June 2021, unless bounty funds run out earlier

To claim the bounty of $120 per dog, landholders must follow the steps below and send all required information to pirsa.wilddogpolicy@sa.gov.au:

The first claim

You must first register as a vendor with the South Australian Government.

Complete the payment details and EFT details on this form (PDF 743.9 KB) and submit it with the below claim information to pirsa.wilddogpolicy@sa.gov.au.

This form is only required for the first claim - please submit it along with the rest of the claim information listed below.

For subsequent claims

Submit the following information in one email per claim to pirsa.wilddogpolicy@sa.gov.au:

  • A high-resolution digital photograph of each wild dog. It must show the entire dog, lying on its left hand side or near side with nose pointing to the right of the photo, with clear evidence that it has been recently killed, for example with fresh blood, not a dried up carcass. The photograph’s metadata will be used to verify the location and date the dog was killed. Send the highest resolution photographs possible – do not reduce their size.

To aid in the overall management of wild dogs in South Australia, please also enter the location of any wild dogs in WildDogScan.

A note about metadata on photographs

To avoid delays in processing claims, please use a smart phone to take photos of the dogs. Each photo's metadata will be used to check GPS coordinates of where the photo was taken. If the photo's metadata cannot verify time, date and location of the wild dog, the claim may not be paid.

Ensure metadata settings are switched on in your iPhone settings or Android phone settings.

What if I need assistance with submitting a claim or have more questions?

You can email pirsa.wilddogpolicy@sa.gov.au with any questions, or call State Wild Dog Coordinator Heather Miller on 8429 2398

Page Last Reviewed: 01 Apr 2020
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