Info day to help manage feral pests
BUNDABERG Regional Council and the Burnett Mary Regional Group will be holding a feral animal workshop at the Apple Tree Creek Sports Ground on Saturday.
Funded through the Federal Government's Caring for our Country Program, the day will consist of feral animal trapping displays targeting a range of pest animals including pigs, wild dogs, foxes, rabbits and indian mynas.
The latest range of animal control equipment available from Brisbane-based Get Trapped Feral and Pest Management Services also will be displayed.
Pest animals are a growing problem throughout the region, whether it be wild dog attacks on domestic livestock, foxes predation of turtles, feral pig destruction of crops or indian myna invasion of native bird habitats, they all pose significant threats to the economic and environmental values of our region.
Reports of feral pig numbers have increased following a couple of years of above average rainfall.
Feral pigs adversely impact on large areas of Australian agriculture and natural areas, costing more than $100 million annually.
Control can often be difficult and require a range of approaches.
It has been reported that to achieve a reduction in numbers, there needs to be rapid knockdown of at least 70% of the feral pig population.
The main control methods available for landholders are poisoning, trapping, shooting or exclusion fencing or a combination of all of these.
Poisoning is one of the most cost effective methods; however it requires a multistep process.
To undertake a successful poisoning or trapping program, landowners must firstly identify what food source the pigs are seeking, then undertake pre-feeding of the pigs using the identified food until the pigs are taking the product actively.
Once this is achieved poisoning or trapping of the pigs can be undertaken. Bundaberg Regional Council can provide advice, 1080 poison for poisoning of feral pigs as well as portable traps for landholders.
The day will start at 9.30am and finish at noon with a sausage sizzle.
For further information contact Bundaberg Regional Council on 1300 883 699.