Wild dog bounty scheme

The bounty scheme offers financial support as 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.

Inside the Dog Fence

This drought relief measure will provide landholders located inside the Dog Fence with the opportunity to claim $120 per wild dog killed humanely on their land. The scheme will continue until the allocated funding runs out.

In order to claim, eligible landholders need to submit evidence of each wild dog killed. Details of how to submit a claim are listed below.

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

Outside the Dog Fence

Since 1 April 2020, over $80,000 has been paid to drought-affected landholders through the wild dog bounty scheme, primarily to properties located outside of the Dog Fence. The scheme has now closed to these properties.

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 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.

After 16 September 2022, only properties located inside the Dog Fence are eligible to make claims.

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 to claim the bounty

Bounties can only be claimed for wild dogs humanely shot or trapped from 1 April 2020 until the bounty funds run out.

To claim the bounty of $120 per dog, landholders must follow the steps below and email 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.

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. These metadata are confidential and will not be used or shared for any purpose other than to verify the location of bounty claims.

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

Assistance with submitting a claim

Please contact Annette Scanlon with any questions about the wild dog bounty scheme:

Email: pirsa.wilddogpolicy@sa.gov.au
Phone: 8429 7435

Page last reviewed: 07 Sep 2022


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