14042: Chasing remaining feral pigs in the Chittering Valley

    Feral pigs in the Chittering Valley are impacting remnant vegetation areas, destroying tubers of small native species including the yam (an Aboriginal bush food) and fouling riparian areas along the Brockman River and its tributaries. This project will build on two years of trapping activity through which 272 feral pigs were removed. Continuation of the trapping program will lower pig numbers and protect the natural assets of this popular tourist destination. Trapping is the only acceptable practice for feral pig removal in the Chittering Valley due to the proximity of dwellings in pig activity areas.

    Investment: $ 40 000
    In-kind contribution: $ 47 798
    Delivery organisation: Chittering Valley LCDC
    Project duration: March 2015 - March 2016
    Location: Chittering; Perth Region

    Purpose of project

    This project will track movement of two feral pigs for six to twelve months to determine their movement in and out of the Chittering Valley.  This will be followed by strategies to prevent incursion from areas outside of the Valley.  The tracking data will result in strategic placement of the traps on known "highways" and early removal of any pigs attempting to enter the Valley. 

    Project partners

    Murdoch University; Department of Parks and Wildlife

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