NT: Feral Pig Control

Conduct a coordinated feral pig control program across the Tablelands, using a range of methods.

Why it is important?

Pigs are destructive in the local landscape, damaging the natural and agricultural values of the Northern Tablelands. A large scale feral pig control program needs to occur, with all stakeholders involved, for maximum effectiveness and reduction in pig numbers.

Examples of Local Action

  • Use a range of feral pig control methods in high risk areas, including trapping, poisoning and hunting.
  • Involve Traditional Owners in pig control activities. Investigate innovative approaches, such as whether it would be viable to provide feral pig carcasses to places like the crocodile farm, to reduce pig numbers and provide a financial return to Indigenous pig hunters.
  • Re-introduce the use of the chiller box (at the sale yards in Mareeba), which could be regulated by private enterprise.
  • Incorporate control of other feral animals, such as wild dogs and cats, as these also impact livestock and native animals.

Contribution to Regional Priority

R-CM 13: Reducing the Impact of Feral Animals
Investigate and implement coordinated and innovative biosecurity measures to reduce the impact of feral pests on natural and productive systems.

Local Landscape:

Northern Tablelands

Regional Theme: