IT was a puzzling problem for Burrowye farmer Neil Mitchell when at times he was having just one lamb killed.
Mr Mitchell did not think it could be a wild dog because they normally kill or maim large numbers in an attack.
But it turned out it was a wild dog bitch educating her six-month-old pups.
With the help of Wodonga shooter Greg Flower, the four pups were killed but their mother escaped.
They were living in a burrow a short distance from where Mr Mitchell has his woolshed.
“We could see the bloody things from the shed,” he said.
A rifle was used to shoot the pups which weighed about 12 kilograms.
The pups and their mother came within 60 metres of where Mr Flower was situated.
“If he had a shotgun, he would have got all five,” Mr Mitchell said.
There have been other recent sightings in the region including a farmer who saw two dogs cross the Walwa-Shelley Road in the middle of the day last week and nearby two calves had been killed.
“They are working on the cows that are calving,” Mr Mitchell said.
Farmers are expecting further problems with attacks from bitches with their young pups bred in the winter months.
A forum on the wild dog problem will be held at the Tallangatta Hall on October 31.
The local branch of the Victorian Farmers Federation earlier this year pushed for a meeting.
To be chaired by Towong councillor Peter Joyce, it is scheduled to begin at 6.30pm and finish about 9pm.
The Victorian Agriculture Minister along with the state’s wild dog committee, the Department of Primary Industries and Invasive Animals Council will attend.
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