Coun­cil helps with free pig traps rental

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE - ❏ Bran­don Livesay

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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