Pig probs? The coun­cil of­fers help

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

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

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