Feral pigs too close to home
WILD pigs are becoming a real problem around the Gympie region lately.
The loss of a stud droughtmaster calf, the destruction of a button squash patch and an uprooted improved pasture at Gympie State High School show how bad and how close to home the problem is getting.
Pigs have been a concern in rural areas of Gympie for many years now.
Last week The Gympie Times reporter Shelley Strachan reported on Amamoor macadamia nut farmer Les Gain, who has lost four tonnes of his nut crop this year because of the feral menace.
That was on top of three tonnes lost from last year's crop.
He had caught about 15 pigs using a variety of methods.
The big concern now is how close the pigs are coming to town.
Gympie State High School's ag block is situated right beside residential Gympie.
People's backyards butt right up against the paddock and the pigs who reside along East Deep Creek come out at night looking for food.
Pigs are omnivores and will eat anything.
They are also very smart and cunning.
The last thing we need is them hanging around our backyards at night.