A Ranger’s Handbook: Managing Feral Pigs for Biodiversity Conservation in Cape York

This series of handbooks helps you choose suitable methods for the control of feral pigs and the monitoring of their impacts on biodiversity in your region.

The techniques they describe have been used on Cape York Peninsula, Australia, but the ideas can be applied in similar environments in other regions.

To choose what will work best in your area, it is important to understand the techniques that are available and their limitations.  These handbooks provide a brief overview of the available options.  There are multiple techniques for both control and monitoring.  Often the best approach for successful control is a combination of techniques (as opposed to just one).  Knowing what impacts you want to monitor will drive your decision for a monitoring technique.

This series of 12 handbooks have been developed in conjunction with CSIRO, James Cook University and Indigenous rangers groups.

They have been published through the Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation P/L. The authors have kindly allowed us to promote the books via PestSmart but are not considered PestSmart publications.

Download the handbooks here:

Manual_1.1 Introduction to Feral Pigs [PDF 2Mb]

Manual_2.1 Control_Aerial and Ground Shooting [PDF 2Mb]

Manual_2.2 Control_Feeders, Trapping and 1080 Baiting [PDF 3Mb]

Manual_2.3 Control_Exclusion and Spit Fencing [PDF 2Mb]

Manual_3.1 Monitoring_Terrestrial Fauna Surveys [PDF 2Mb]

Manual_3.2 Monitoring_Wetland Condition Monitoring [PDF 2Mb]

Manual_3.3 Monitoring_Environmental DNA Soil and Water Biodiversity [PDF 1Mb]

Manual_3.4 Monitoring_Time Lapse Cameras [PDF 1Mb]

Manual_3.5 Monitoring_Aerial Photography and Drones [PDF 1Mb]

Manual_3.6 Monitoring_Monitoring Feral Animal Populations [PDF 2Mb]

Manual_4.1 Monitoring_Marine Turtle Monitoring [PDF 2Mb]

Manual_5.1 Monitoring_Data Management [PDF 2Mb]