South West Feral Pig Control

The South West Feral Pig Control Project has now concluded.

It ran from 2013 to 2015, with an extension to continue work until June 2016. It was funded by the State NRM Office.

The project was initiated by the South West Catchments Council and is being undertaken in partnership with a number of stakeholders in the South West, including the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Department of Food and Agriculture, Warren Catchments Council and Murdoch University.

Feral pigs cause serious problems for farmers and other land managers as they damage crops, water resources and property. They also cause extensive damage to the natural environment as they dig in search of food and they prey on a wide range of native species, which is why control of the species is so important.

The project has already established four new community groups who will undertake feral pig control using various methods such as trapping and baiting, within designated boundary areas in the South West. Accredited trappers will undertake control work on both private property and public reserves to conserve biodiversity and protect primary production from threats caused by feral pig activity.

A trial using thermal imagery will also be undertaken as part of the project to help gain a better understanding of current pig distribution and abundance in the South West. Also as part of the project, a strategy is being developed which will help guide future management of feral pigs in the South West Region.

If you would like more information on the outcomes of this project contact Project Manager, Wendy Wilkins, on wendy.wilkins@swccnrm.org.au or 9761 4184.