Hey pigs, there’s a phone call for you
IT’S the middle of the night.
In an orchard near the rainforest, a band of feral pigs have been tempted inside a wire mesh enclosure through an open gate.
There’s no one else there but they haven’t gone unnoticed.
A council officer receives an email or an SMS alert. With the same technology they use their phone to remotely trigger the gate to close.
Next morning council officers go and eradicate the pigs efficiently and humanely – one less band of feral animals that are wreaking enormous environmental damage in Cape York.
Douglas Shire Council will trial the new technology in the Daintree River catchment in areas that receive cellular coverage such as Forest Creek.
An external booster antenna will be used in areas where coverage is weak to expand the range of the devices.
Mayor Julia Leu said the technology is extremely efficient and will mean resources are not wasted with staff having to manually check and maintain traps, which are often located in remote rainforest areas.
“Council’s feral pig trapping program has been extremely successful over the past 12 years, removing more than 6000 destructive feral pigs from the Wet Tropics,” Mayor Leu said.
“An effective trapping program also assists our farmers by mitigating the loss of income from feral pig damage to agricultural crops.”
Changes to legislation will also soon allow accredited landholders to purchase manufactured 1080 baits themselves.
A remotely controlled pig trapping system of the type to be tested by council