JUST A BABY: Pig hunt organiser Ron Owen says there are plenty of feral pigs bigger than this one, brought down by Gympie man Lucas Ruitenberg.
JUST A BABY: Pig hunt organiser Ron Owen says there are plenty of feral pigs bigger than this one, brought down by Gympie man Lucas Ruitenberg.

READERS DISCUSS: We need to rid region of feral pigs

IT'S a tough job but someone has to do it. 

Sunshine Coast Daily readers have reacted to the outcome of the latest wild boar cull at Gympie. 

The Big Boar Championships were held at the weekend, aimed at reducing the feral pig numbers in the region. 

CHAMPION EFFORT: Gympie Regional Council representative Dimitri Scordalides and lands protection officer Bree Galbraith, with Jacob Pilkington and pig hunt promoter Ron Owen at the council’s John St Depot, where the snouts were handed over.
CHAMPION EFFORT: Gympie Regional Council representative Dimitri Scordalides and lands protection officer Bree Galbraith, with Jacob Pilkington and pig hunt promoter Ron Owen at the council’s John St Depot, where the snouts were handed over. Patrick Woods

Hunt promoter Ron Owen said the annual event was more than a cosmetic approach to feral pest management, but it was also a chance to create by-products such as moisturisers and makeup.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: GYMPIE'S BIG BOAR HUNT TAKES DOWN ALMOST 700 FERAL PIGS 

But most importantly Mr Owen said the culling made an impact on the boar numbers which cause massive environmental damage and costs the agricultural sector many millions of dollars.

600 pigs were shot, knifed or brought down with bow and arrow over the weekend made up a dead weight, literally, of more than 10 tonnes.

Mr Owen says this represents an incalculable and priceless tonnage of valuable produce - possibly hundreds of tonnes of macadamias, ginger and fruit - consumed during their lifetimes.

Many readers were in favour of the process, saying it was a neccesary reality.

Others questioned whether the process was cruel. Here is a snapshot of your online conversation.

A mass boar hunt held at the weekend resulted in 600 animals killed. Those shot, knifed or brought down with bow and...

Posted by Sunshine Coast Daily on Monday, 13 July 2015

Ej Jane Randall: We live on a farm 40km from Gympie and wild pigs are a massive problem. The ones who whinge about the big boar aren't landowners, nor seen the destruction a wild pig can do.

Peter Hall: Well done, should have a pig hunt every month. Most are diseased and riddled with parasites

Sandra Williams: So do you eat these pigs or just chop their snouts off and present for a trophy? Waste of good pork if they are ruining farmers crops. What's with the bow and arrow? Would one arrow actually bring down a pig?

Georgia Price: Animals must be killed humanely no matter what they are otherwise this is heartless cruelty for sport .

What do you think of feral pig culling?

This poll ended on 29 July 2015.

Current Results

It's got to happen, they are destructive animals

91%

Hate it, how cruel

4%

I don't mind it

3%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Dave Newnham There are many feral animals that have taken over our native environment. They need culling to protect those that were here before. Cats, wild dogs, camels and donkeys. Keep up the good work.

Dale Myers: Should be a quarterly hunt to make sure the numbers stay down

Amanda Harth: Good on you!  It really shows how bad the problem is, if this was only a portion of the feral pig population. It should be done more often and a reward offered ( if there isn't one already) .  

Joanne Schilf: A necessary job that must be done.

Amanda Bailey: How can they be sure that all the animals are being killed in a humane way? This could result in a lot of unnecessary cruelty! I think there are better ways to control feral populations to ensure that there is no mistreatment.



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