Feral Pig Control Field Day at Mt Molloy

25 Nov 2014

Land holders from the Julatten and Mount Molloy area have seen significant damage to their fragile riparian country from feral pigs.  As a result JAMMAR (Julatten and Mount Molloy Assn of Residents and Ratepayers) approached Mitchell River Watershed Management Group (MRWMG) to facilitate a feral pig control field day on the 15th of November at “Anabranch”, in Mount Molloy. 

The field day attracted 30 participants and was implemented with the support of the Regional Landcare Facilitator Program hosted by Northern Gulf Resource Management Group (NGRMG), Queensland Biosecurity, Mareeba Shire Council and the kind hosts at “Anabranch” Peter and Heather Brown.   Presentations were made by Peter Alden from MRWMG, Andrew Taylor from NGRMG, Sid Clayton from Mareeba Shire Council and Scott Middleton from Qld Biosecurity. 

Presentation at the Field Day by Regional Landcare FacilitatorPresentations and discussions covered the different pig control options available to land holders which included; baiting, trapping, exclusion fencing, on ground hunting and aerial shooting.  In many cases 1080 baiting initiated with “best practice” free feeding approaches has proven significantly more efficient than other options.  However, baiting with 1080 cannot be done within 2km’s of a neighbours dwelling or 5kms of a town area unless authorised by Biosecurity Queensland. 

Subsequently, baiting is not suitable for many properties in the Julatten and Mt Molloy area, whilst trapping, exclusion fencing and strategic hunting are the more relevant strategies. 

As a result JAMMARR has built a mobile pig trap which was launched at the field day with a pork BBQ which was funded by the Regional Landcare Facilitator Program.