Feral Pig Control

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Feral Pig Control - best practice guides

Feral pigs (Sus scrofa) are a huge problem in the Burdekin Dry Tropics. Experts have estimated a cost of $80 to $90 million every year to North Queensland’s agricultural industry alone.

Feral pigs kill livestock, root up farms, eat produce, destroy fences and even spread diseases to animals and humans alike. Under Queensland legislation they're a class 2 pest that threatens the economy, the environment and society.

The Burdekin Dry Tropics region, with its abundance of food, cover and water, provides the ideal habitat for feral pigs. But there is help available.

NQ Dry Tropics has created a series of resources, drawing on the extensive experience of a senior zoologist and feral pig expert, to help you control this pest.

Generally no stand alone technique is sufficient for each situation. Whether you’re a landowner, hunter, local government or NRM officer, an integrated and collaborative approach is needed for long-term results.

There are several proven management techniques available, but there is no 'one size fits all' formula for controlling feral pigs. With the help of the following Feral Pig Control publication, a series of practical and in-depth handbooks and a video showing real landholders who are having success, you will be able to develop a feral pig control strategy that combines techniques that are suitable specifically to you.

For more information on managing feral pigs in the Burdekin Dry Tropics, contact the NQ Dry Tropics Regional Pest Management Officer by phone 07 4724 3544, fax 07 4724 3577 or email info@nqdrytropics.com.au

NQ Dry Tropics greatly appreciates the assistance of Dr Jim Mitchell in collating this information.

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