Plans change for nuisance animals
Council sets its sights on wild pigs and flying foxes
NORTH Burnett Regional Council has announced several plans to deal with wild and domestic animals in the region.
The first plan aims to disperse all flying foxes in the region’s towns within 24 hours of them arriving.
Acting manager of environmental services Mike Moller told the council at a technical service meeting on October 2 dispersal activities would continue until the flying foxes left the area.
Mr Moller said equipment for dispersals was being assembled.
He said a formal policy was being drafted for the council.
The council was also told the controversial Oakey Creek Flying Fox Roost in Gayndah was unoccupied.
It has also introduced a $5 bounty for the snout and tail of wild pigs.
Mayor Rachel Chambers said wild pigs destroyed agriculture industries by destroying crops.
“(The) council has decided on a trial project, capping it at $5000, so $5 for the snout and tail,” Cr Chambers said.
“With the pilot project we’re also hoping to gather data and educate the public on possible management strategies.”
A policy that means domestic cats will have to be de-sexed, unless the owner is a registered breeder, is being considered to curb feral cat numbers.
The council would not make cat registration mandatory.