Groups work to wipe out prickly pest
AN INFESTATION of Hudson pear, which has one human fatality recorded against it, has been discovered in the North Burnett.
The Burnett Mary Regional Group and the Burnett and Mary Pest Management Groups are acting to eradicate the pest before it spreads further into the region.
Hudson pear was first planted as a deterrent to mine thieves at Lightning Ridge in New South Wales, where it has become a major pest.
Its spines penetrate boots and car tyres and, once lodged in the skin, generally require pliers to remove them.
The cactus weed poses a threat to the health of people, domestic animals, stock and most wildlife that come into contact with its sharp spines.
Hudson pear has the potential to destroy grazing land and has been identified as a high-risk invasive pest to Queensland.
State Government funding of $20,000 has been allocated by BMRG to weed management groups to eradicate Hudson pear as well as Columbian wax weed, and to stop honey locust (another spiny invasive species) from spreading further within the Burnett Mary region.