Farm­ers com­bat wild pigs

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THE Chin­chilla East Pest Man­age­ment Group is or­gan­is­ing a co-or­di­nated ae­rial shoot to com­bat wild pigs and are ask­ing for ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est from lo­cal land­hold­ers.

The shoot will cover about 82,000ha from south of Wondai Rd to east of Chin­chilla along Tara Rd and around Bri­ga­low, Warra and Ko­gan.

Sub­sidised by the West­ern Downs Re­gional Council, the shoot is aimed at de­creas­ing the num­ber of wild pigs, which will re­duce the dam­age be­ing caused to agri­cul­tural land in the area.

Act­ing co-or­di­na­tor Lisel Din­g­ley said feral pig num­bers could in­crease five­fold in a year and, based on pre­vi­ous shoots, land­hold­ers could ex­pect to be charged about 21 cents per hectare of land.

“We will shoot across a num­ber of days and we will work with land­hold­ers for safety pur­poses to work out the best times with least im­pact to ac­tiv­i­ties on the prop­erty,” she said.

“We’re try­ing to get out there and get some­thing hap­pen­ing.”

Land­hold­ers in­ter­ested in tak­ing part should con­tact Ms Din­g­ley via email at en­viro@de­ser­vices.com.au.

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