Wild pig spot­ted in a pub­lic park

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Dane Lill­ng­stone

WHIT­SUN­DAY Re­gional Coun­cil has con­firmed a wild pig sight­ing in a sub­ur­ban area around Sa­bel Blvd, Ju­bilee Pocket.

Con­cerns were ini­tially raised when John My­ers posted to the Whit­sun­days Noticeboard Facebook page that he’d seen a wild pig run­ning around the park across from Sa­bel Blvd adding “it was big”.

A coun­cil spokesper­son said coun­cil had re­ceived the re­port.

“An area of Ju­bilee Pocket has been iden­ti­fied where (the pig) is likely to be cir­cu­lat­ing and coun­cil of­fi­cers will place a trap and mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion over the com­ing week,” she said.

Coun­cil has ad­vised a col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach is taken when it comes to who is re­spon­si­ble for wild pigs, with coun­cil it­self, Na­tional Parks and ru­ral land­hold­ers all im­pli­cated de­pend­ing on where a wild pig might ap­pear.

Coun­cil­lor Jan Clif­ford, whose di­vi­sion Ju­bilee Pocket falls in, said wild pigs weren’t known to be com­mon in the area re­ported.

“(But) wild pigs are a huge prob­lem, they cause an im­mense amount of dam­age,” she said.

Mean­while the post has drawn some in­ter­est­ing feed­back on so­cial me­dia.

“Was it pink and flys some­times?” Gary South­gate wrote.

Wild pig sight­ings should be re­ported to Coun­cil im­me­di­ately. Whit­sun­day res­i­dents are re­minded not to ap­proach wild pigs as they can be dan­ger­ous

Res­i­dents should also en­sure they keep their gates/yards shut to avoid a pig en­ter­ing the yard.

Photo con­trib­uted

SPOT­TED: Wild pig sight­ings are not un­com­mon in Queens­land.

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