Groups work to wipe out prickly pest

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE -

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.

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