Feral pig

Feral pigs cause agricultural damage through preying on newborn lambs, reducing crop yields, damaging fences and water sources, and competing with stock for feed by consuming or damaging pasture.

They also are considered a major threat to stock as a potential carrier of exotic diseases, with the biggest concern being their role as a reservoir for Foot-And-Mouth Disease should it ever become established in Australia or New Zealand.

Feral pigs arrived in Australia with the First Fleet and today inhabit around 40% of Australia.


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Act

STEP 1

Define the problem and assess the impacts

STEP 2

Set measurable objectives

STEP 3

Plan your response

STEP 4

Control and monitor

Feral Pig control – Standard Operating Procedures

  • PIG001: Trapping of feral pigs - Feral pigs (Sus scrofa) have a significant impact on the environment and agricultural production and are a potential reservoir and vector of exotic diseases. Control methods include poisoning, trapping, exclusion […]
  • PIG002: Aerial shooting of feral pigs - Feral pigs (Sus scrofa) have a significant impact on the environment and agricultural production and are a potential reservoir and vector of exotic diseases. Control methods include poisoning, trapping, exclusion […]
  • PIG003: Ground shooting of feral pigs - Feral pigs (Sus scrofa) have a significant impact on the environment and agricultural production and are a potential reservoir and vector of exotic diseases. Control methods include poisoning, trapping, exclusion […]
  • PIG004: Use of Judas pigs - Feral pigs (Sus scrofa) have a significant impact on the environment and agricultural production and are a potential reservoir and vector of exotic diseases. Control methods include poisoning, trapping, exclusion […]
  • GEN001: Methods of euthanasia - The word euthanasia means an easy death and should be regarded as an act of humane killing with the minimum of pain, fear and distress. Euthanasia of a range of […]
  • Model code of practice for the humane control of feral pigs - The aim of this code of practice is to provide information and recommendations to vertebrate pest managers responsible for the control of feral pigs. It includes advice on how to […]
  • PIG005: Poisoning of feral pigs with 1080 - Feral pigs (Sus scrofa) have a significant impact on the environment and agricultural production and are a potential reservoir and vector of exotic diseases. Control methods include poisoning, trapping exclusion, […]

 

 


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Case studies

Videos

  • Choosing feral pig baiting sites - Video on things to consider and what to look for when choosing a site to set up a bait station for feral pigs
  • PIGOUT® baits for feral pig control - YouTube video: Steve Lapidge, former Program Leader with the Invasive Animals CRC, discusses and demonstrates the use of the PIGOUT® 1080 bait for feral pig control. Aspects such as bait […]
  • Use of the HogHopper® for baiting of feral pigs - YouTube video: Jason Wishart is a Project Officer with the Invasive Animals CRC. In this video, Jason discusses and demonstrates the use of the HogHopper® bait delivery device for feral […]
  • New tools for feral pig control: HOG-GONE® and sodium nitrite - YouTube video: Steve Lapidge is a former Program Leader with the Invasive Animals CRC. In this video, Steve discusses the development of the HOG-GONE® bait and sodium nitirite concentrate as […]
  • Trapping for feral pig control - YouTube video: Jason Neville is a Pest Management Officer with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. In this video, Jason and Paul Meek (project officer with the Invasive Animals […]
  • Feral pigs in Australia - YouTube video playlist: Pigs arrived in Australia with the First Fleet and today feral populations inhabit around 40% of Australia. Feral pigs cause agricultural damage through predation of newborn lambs, […]
Last updated: January 4, 2017