Feral Pig Control

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Feral pigs cause extensive damage to environmental areas and high quality agricultural land each year as a result of rooting, wallowing, grazing, trampling, predation and facilitation of weed seed spread. Reef Catchments have been supporting annual aerial pig shoots that are proving highly effective at helping to manage feral pigs. The 2015/16 shoot humanely controlled 58 feral pigs and 6 wild dogs. Landholders have reported a significant decrease in the evidence of pig destruction and decreased sightings of feral pigs. Another shoot is planned for 2016/17. The feral pig program is delivered in partnership with Whitsunday and Mackay Regional Councils, Whitsunday Catchment Landcare, Sarina Landcare and Catchment Management Association, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Mackay Area Productivity Services.

Monitoring Organisation Reef Catchments

Name Katrina Dent

Phone 4968 4207

Email katrina.dent@reefcatchments.com

Position in organisation General Manager

Activity Type land management (e.g. revegetation, pest and weed management)

Activity Indicators water quality in freshwater river basins

Activity location Plane catchment

Frequency of monitoring

Monitoring Start Date 01/07/2015

01/06/2017

Location of monitoring data

Date quality / confidence

Website URL http://reefcatchments.com.au/pests/

Collaborators Whitsunday and Mackay Regional Councils, Whitsunday Catchment Landcare, Sarina Landcare and Catchment Management Association, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Mackay Area Productivity Services.

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