Tag Archives: feral pigs

Pathogens in vertebrate pests in Australia

This review provides an overview of diseases or pathogens that have been identified in vertebrate pests in Australia; particularly feral pigs, foxes and wild dogs, feral cats, feral goats, rabbits, cane toads, rodents (feral mice and ship rats) and European carp. Australian research published between 1990 and 2009 is reviewed. A range of bacterial, viral, […]

The economic impacts of vertebrate pests in Australia.

Invasive animal pests have a wide variety of impacts on the economy, the environment and society. There is considerable information on these impacts for individual cases and regions, and McLeod (2004) attempted to value them nationwide for a whole range of pest animals. However, there appear to be no Australia-wide estimates of agricultural losses measured […]

Pathogens in invasive animals of Australia

This review provides an overview of diseases or pathogens that have been identified in invasive animals in Australia; particularly feral pigs, foxes and wild dogs, feral cats, feral goats, rabbits, cane toads, rodents (feral mice and ship rats) and European carp. Australian research published between 1990 and 2009 is reviewed. A range of bacterial, viral, […]

Assessing invasive animals in Australia 2008

Invasive animals cause enormous damage to Australia’s economy, environment and society. Assessing Invasive Animals in Australia 2008 presents, for the first time, consistent national information on the distribution and abundance of significant invasive animals in Australia. This report is the result of collaboration between the National Land & Water Resources Audit, the Invasive Animals Cooperative […]

Monitoring techniques for vertebrate pests – Feral pigs

The purpose of this manual is to provide details of the techniques available to monitor vertebrate pests in Australia. By providing a step-by-step description of each technique it will be possible to standardise many monitoring programs and make valid comparisons of abundance and damage across the nation. This is becoming increasingly important for the states, […]

Uptake Update 2, 10.U.2 KI Demonstration Site

Covering about 4350 square km, Kangaroo Island is the third-largest offshore island in Australia (after Tasmania and Melville Island) and lies 15 km off the South Australian coast. Kangaroo Island is nationally important for biodiversity conservation, primary production and tourism, with nearly 50% of the native vegetation remaining. The Island is free of foxes and […]

South West Slopes Region Pest Management Strategy 2008-2011

Pest species are animals (including invertebrates) and plants that have negative environmental, economic and social impacts. In this document they are collectively referred to as pests. Pests are most commonly introduced species, though native species can become pests. In parks, pests may have impacts across the range of park values, including impacts on biodiversity, cultural […]

Snowy Mountains and Resorts Region Pest Management Strategy 2008-2011

The development of Regional Pest Management Strategies (RPMS) provides NPWS with a strategic approach to pest management across NSW. The Strategy developed for each region provides a tool to broadly identify pest distribution and their associated impacts across the park system. It details priorities for each Region, including actions listed in the PAS and TAPs […]

Far South Coast Region Pest Management Strategy 2007-2010

The development of Regional Pest Management Strategies (RPMS) provides NPWS with a strategic approach to pest management across NSW. The Strategy developed for each region provides a tool to broadly identify pest distribution and their associated impacts across the park system. It details priorities for each Region, including actions listed in the PAS and TAPs […]

Feral pig population structuring in the rangelands of eastern Australia: applications for designing adaptive management units

Feral pigs (Sus scrofa) are an invasive species in Australia. Their negative impact on conservation values has been demonstrated, and they are controlled in many areas in the rangelands of Australia. However, they are usually controlled over small, often ad hoc management units (MUs), and previous research has revealed that these MUs can be inadequate. […]

Vaccination of feral pigs (Sus scrofa) using iophenoxic acid as a simulated vaccine

Objectives: To develop an encapsulation method for delivery of vaccines to feral pigs, and quantify the effect of iophenoxic acid on captive feral pig blood iodine concentrations to assist in investigation of factors affecting vaccine uptake. Design and methods: Feral pigs were administered iophenoxic acid by oral gavage, and consumption was assessed for different encapsulation […]

Spatial and temporal patterns of feral pig diggings in rainforests of north Queensland

Feral pigs (Sus scrofa) are believed to have a severe negative impact on the ecological values of tropical rainforests in north Queensland, Australia. Most perceptions of the environmental impacts of feral pigs focus on their disturbance of the soil or surface material (diggings). Spatial and temporal patterns of feral pig diggings were identified in this […]

Ecological impacts of feral pig diggings in north Queensland rainforests

This two-year study examined the impacts of feral pig diggings on five ecological indicators: seedling survival, surface litter, subsurface plant biomass, earthworm biomass and soil moisture content. Twelve recovery exclosures were established in two habitats (characterised by wet and dry soil moisture) by fencing off areas of previous pig diggings. A total of 0.59 ha […]

Current and future threats from non-indigenous animal species in northern Australia: a spotlight on World Heritage Area Kakadu National Park

Non-indigenous animal species threaten biodiversity and ecosystem stability by damaging or transforming habitats, killing or out-competing native species and spreading disease. We use World Heritage Area Kakadu National Park, northern Australia, as a focal region to illustrate the current and potential threats posed by non-indigenous animal species to internationally and nationally recognised natural and cultural […]

Attractiveness of a novel omnivore bait, PIGOUT®, to feral pigs (Sus scrofa) and assessment of risks of bait uptake by non-target species

Following a bait-preference pilot study on captive feral pigs, a series of field studies assessed the attractiveness and target-specificity of a prototype manufactured feral pig bait (PIGOUT®). Two promising test baits and fresh meat reference baits were biomarked with iophenoxic acid and aerially distributed in 100-km2 blocks of land infested with feral pigs in western […]

Impact of feral pigs and other predators on macro-invertebrates, D’Urville Island.

The effect of feral pigs and weka on the abundance, composition and biomass of above- and below-ground macro-invertebrates was assessed every November over 3 years at two sites where pigs and weka, just pigs, and neither species were excluded on Attempt Hill, D’Urville Island. The large carnivorous snail Powelliphanta hochstetteri obscura increased both inside and […]