PEST MANAGEMENT

  • Feral pigs have a significant impact in the lowlands by disturbing understory vegetation and soils, eating small animals and cassowary eggs, trampling saplings, stubbing and ring barking trees, eroding and destabilising stream banks and contaminating water.
  • Weeds often thrive in pig-disturbed areas.
  • Pigs are a vector for animal and plant diseases, which they spread through contamination of water sources.
  • Pig impact is most obvious in lowland swamp areas. In the Cape Tribulation area rare plant species are being damaged by pigs
  • If you have a pig problem on your property, Douglas Shire Council will provide pig traps, and euthanase trapped pigs for you – refer to Council's   Guidance Document for further details.  You can also engage a pig hunter, but keep in mind that dogs, particularly trained hunting dogs, are a significant threat to Cassowaries and native macropods.  If you do think the problem warrants a hunter, try to avoid ones that use dogs, especially multiple dogs.
  • If you are using your own pig traps, make sure they aren’t going to trap native wildlife such as Cassowaries and wallabies.