Pig probs? The council offers help
DOUGLAS Shire Council’s open spaces coordinator, Peter Logan, this week reminded landholders impacted by feral pigs that council does offer help.
It has had a pig trapping program since 2005, with 65 traps across the shire. They catch around 500 pigs a year.
So far in the past year they’ve got 340 pigs.
There are two main tools that council can assist landholders with: trapping and baiting.
“The main thing that makes trapping effective is if there’s a plenty of free feeding and it’s done correctly,” Mr Logan said.
What did impact on trapping is if people interfered.
“If pig hunting is going on at the same time, then trapping is not as effective. The pigs are too wary, especially if they smell human contact or dogs around the trap site.”
Mr Logan said “I do respect that pig hunting has its place and a lot of canegrowers do get serviced by pighunters.
“That it is a recognised method, and they do catch a lot for the canefarmers, but is illegal on some land tenures” Trapping is the best suited technique for areas of high significance as traps pose minimal danger to off target species.
“However council also provides 10-80 baiting to larger properties, especially if a landholder is having less success with traps.”
Mr Logan encourages people to contact himself at the council if they need help from council’s pig control program.
He agreed that pigs do tremendous damage in the region’s watercourses.
Feral pig in a swamp