IMPACT MANAGEMENT: Trapping is one method used with feral pigs in the Bunya Mountains National Park. Credit: Contributed.
IMPACT MANAGEMENT: Trapping is one method used with feral pigs in the Bunya Mountains National Park. Credit: Contributed.

’Holistic approach’ to feral pigs in Wide Bay Burnett

A VITAL survey to understand the impacts of feral pigs has just been released for the Wide Bay Burnett region.

Created by the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils (WBBROC), the online form is seeking to understand their environmental, social, and economical impact.

Regional biosecurity co-ordinator for WBBROC Josh Dyke says this survey is the first steps in creating an accurate benchmark for feral pigs.

“We wanted to gage their impact, which would then help us in evaluating control activities moving forward,” Mr Dyke said.

With a number of landholders and groups looking to their councils for answers, Mr Dyke believes results from this will help them address their concerns.

“It’s obviously quite dry at the moment, and the pigs are drawn to other water and food sources in the region.

“At the moment there is already a wide range of control activities that local governments and landholders use, and the methods they use depend on their individual situations.

“That being said, its important not to use one, but a range of them.”

This is the case due to some populations of feral pigs adapting to certain methods used in the region.

“Some are older and wiser pigs that can be too smart to track or bait, which can make it difficult for us to manage further.”

The survey is 17 questions long, and contains questions including how much money you spend on feral pig damages, your methods of hindering their impact, your agricultural products and more.

“All control options have their positives and negatives, and it’s more important to combine them together with a more holistic approach,” Mr Dyke said.

“It’ll be a lot more effective rather than solely relying on one option.”

You can fill out the survey here anonymously.


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