Feral pigs cause significant economic losses to agriculture by damaging crops, pastures, water holes, fencing and by killing lambs and sheep.
What is a feral pig?
A feral pig can be defined by establishing any or all of the following:
- the pig was born or has lived in the wild
- the pig demonstrates wild and erratic behaviour
- the pig is not domesticated
- the pig has some or all of the following morphological features - long course hair, elongated snout, sloping hindquarters.
There are a number of methods available for the control of feral pigs including, 1080 baiting, trapping, exclusion fencing, aerial and ground shooting. As with any pest control program, a single control method used in isolation may provide limited local control of pig populations; however a coordinated program involving neighbours and utilising multiple control methods will prove more successful over a broader area.
For detailed information on feral pig control methods please speak with your local biosecurity officer or consult the feral pig section of the DPI website.
Fines for transporting or releasing feral pigs
Strict laws are in place to deter people from transporting and releasing live feral pigs. These fines include:
- up to $22,000 for transporting live feral pigs
- up to $5,500 for liberating feral pigs (or any pest animal)
- up to $2,200 for having a live feral pig (or any live pest animal) in your possession.
Authorised officers continually monitor for these illegal practices.