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Agriculture Victoria tell Ross and John the number of Victorian fox scalps has plummeted

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The number of fox scalps has plummeted across Victoria, for the simple reason farmers are too busy on the tractor taking advantage of bumper conditions.

Government figures show fewer than 7,000 scalps have been collected under the bounty system-well down from the more than 85,000 last year.

John Matthews, bio-security manager at Agriculture Victoria, told Ross and John the drop off doesn’t mean there are fewer foxes.

“We know that anytime in Victoria possums are estimated at 1.4 million per year,” said Matthews.

“The anecdotal evidence that people are saying we’re seeing more foxes is typical of this time of year.”

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