Domestic Pets-key tips
- Horses need lots of cleared land unless stabled, yarded and hand fed. They are also a major spreader of weeds from hand feeding or weeds in paddocks.
- The main threat is visiting pig dogs and their irresponsible owners.
- Pet owners north of the Daintree River who have dogs and cats need to pay attention to their pets habits and don’t allow them to wander.
- High levels of visitation will affect the under-story in a limited number of sites – try to stick to established walkways and paths.
- Litter and other pollution will affect the aesthetic values – try to leave nothing behind.
The pest plants and animals that are present in the Douglas Shire Council area are seen to be more or less of a threat depending on the primary values for which a landholder is managing the land. The Douglas Shire Council's Pest Management Plan retains the recognition of these land uses whilst integrating the requirements of the Act.
Feral pigs have a significant impact in the lowlands by disturbing understorey 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 – see the Douglas Shire Council's Pest Management Plan 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.