Toughen up on feral pigs

The Cairns Post - - VIEWS -

WE LIVE in a mod­ern cos­mopoli­tan city, a ma­jor tourism des­ti­na­tion, yet we have to con­tend with some ex­tra­or­di­nary wildlife is­sues.

If it’s not fly­ing fox bats, it’s wal­la­bies be­ing pushed out by sub­ur­ban growth, crocodiles boldly go­ing where they have never been be­fore, snakes in roofs and gar­dens, stingers and sharks in the ocean and wild pigs on our streets, high­ways and back­yards.

Wild pigs are ven­tur­ing from the rain­for­est into sub­ur­bia and wreak­ing havoc in gar­dens and on the streets.

Mo­torist Chantelle Joseph was lucky to es­cape in­jury on Wed­nes­day about 10.30pm when she struck a feral sow just north of the Veivers Rd turn-off at Palm Cove.

The car’s front bumper, right-side panel and driver’s door were dam­aged. The pig was killed in the col­li­sion.

Ms Joseph says she has no­ticed an in­crease in wild pigs in the area and is urg­ing the re­gional coun­cil to take ac­tion.

The coun­cil has been set­ting traps at “key lo­ca­tions” for many years but there ap­pears to be a par­tic­u­lar prob­lem in the Palm Cove vicin­ity.

Ear­lier this year, about 30 feral pigs were rip­ping up the sea­side suburb. The coun­cil set traps. At least seven were caught.

As with the croc­o­dile sit­u­a­tion, au­thor­i­ties take a soft ap­proach to pig man­age­ment.

So there is no shoot­ing or culling, nor is there a bait­ing pro­gram.

In­stead, traps are used and the lure isn’t meat, but fruits to en­tice the feral an­i­mals. So don’t ex­pect a re­duc­tion in the pest, but an in­crease. Sounds fa­mil­iar? A limp-wristed ap­proach just doesn’t work. Nick Dal­ton Deputy edi­tor

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