15022: Feral pig eradication along the Bannister River
This project will undertake feral pig control on private property and Department of Parks and Wildlife reserves along the Bannister River. The aim is to remove feral pigs from the immediate and surrounding areas to prevent the establishment of permanent populations of pigs which threaten flora, fauna and degrade water quality.
Feral pigs are a declared animal under the Agriculture and
Related Resources Protection Act 1976 and are know to cause rapid
and destruction to the natural environment. Feral pigs pose a
number of threats and long-term risks if left unattended, as
populations of pigs can reproduce rapidly, eradication of at least
70% pig removal a year is required to maintain population
reductions. With the illegal relocation of feral pigs and illegal
hunting, pigs can scatter and reproduce in new areas causing damage
and posing a biodiversity threat.
The removal of the feral pigs will allow the re-establishment of native riparian vegetation to increase biodiversity along the creek line. Removing the pigs will also improve water quality as the pigs dig up the banks increase erosion.
Eradicating feral pigs have a number of benefits to the area such as:
- Reducing the risk of spreading exotic diseases
- Reducing the impact on the natural environment, particularly the waterways and quality
- Maintaining water quality in catchment areas
- Reducing illegal pig release and hunting
|Investment:||$ 45 000|
|In-kind contribution:||$ 42 461|
|Delivery organisation:||Wandering / Hotham Declared Species Group|
|Project duration:||July 2016 - June 2017|
|Location:||Bannister River, Shire of Wandering, Shire of Boddington|