Council helps with free pig traps rental
FERAL pigs are a growing concern in the Central and North Burnett.
Brian Pastures Research Centre hosted a feral pig control workshop last Wednesday, organised by North Burnett Regional Council, in conjunction with the Burnett Mary Regional Group.
The workshop was attended by more than 30 landhol- ders, council environmental officers, pig trappers and concerned residents.
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry district experimentalist James Speed described the negative effects feral pigs had on the environment and agricultural productivity and outlined effective control techniques.
“Where pigs are, they can cause very localised and sev- ere damage,” Mr Speed said.
“We are never going to eradicate all pigs but their impact is something we can manage.”
Land owner and former professional pig trapper Kevin Cavanough said the local feral pig population had “come up a bit lately because of the floods”.
But he said the pig population was “up and down”, and it was hard to know exactly how much damage was occurring.
Mr Speed said therewas no single solution, “it is important to be dynamic”.
It was a sentiment echoed by Mr Cavanough.
“Around this are awe use a lot of (baited) fermented grain but we do trapping and use dogs as well,” he said.
He added managing the feral pig problem could be an expensive undertaking.
“You’re looking at about $2500 for a dog with a GPS tracking kit.”
The North Burnett Regional Council was helping to minimise costs through free rental of pig traps to local land owners, requiring a $65 bond.
The council delivered the traps and retrieved them after the two week rental period.
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