Managing Vertebrate Pests: Feral Pigs

Australia’s feral pigs were introduced from Europe and Asia and are now widespread across much of eastern and northern Australia. Feral pigs are a complex management problem, for they are both an agricultural and environmental pest and a commercial resource, providing income to those who harvest them for sale. Feral pigs prey on lambs, eat crops, damage pasture and may also affect native plants and animals through selective feeding, tramping and rooting. Feral pigs could also be a major vector for exotic diseases such as foot and mouth disease, should such diseases enter Australia.

Managing Vertebrate Pests: Feral Pigs is the first book to provide a comprehensive review of the history and biology of feral pigs in Australia, the damage they cause, and community attitudes to feral pig management. Key strategies for successful feral pig control are recommended by the authors, who are scientific experts in pig management. The strategies are illustrated by case studies. Managing Vertebrate Pests: Feral Pigs is an essential guide for policy makers, farmers, conservation reserve managers and all those interested in feral pig management.

AuthorChoquenot, D., McIlroy, J. and Korn, T
Place publishedCity
PublisherBureau of Rural Sciences
InstitutionBureau of Rural Sciences
RegionAustralia - national

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