National Parks target feral pigs

WORKING ON COUNTRY: Tony Wilson at back (local Bandjalang Aboriginal man) and Dave Hutchins (trainer and Sr Crewman) Park Air Operations with NPWS, whilst undertaking 'Work Safely around aircraft training'. Photo contributed.
WORKING ON COUNTRY: Tony Wilson at back (local Bandjalang Aboriginal man) and Dave Hutchins (trainer and Sr Crewman) Park Air Operations with NPWS, whilst undertaking 'Work Safely around aircraft training'. Photo contributed. Contributed

FERAL pig control is a high priority, according to Bandjalang Aboriginal man Tony Wilson, who has been employed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Northern Rivers Region.

From February to June 2012 Mr Wilson has been employed as part of the Working on Country program to carry out feral pig control in national parks and reserves on Bandjalang country.

He has been undertaking surveys, conducting monitoring and setting up free feeding stations in Bundjalung National Park and the Bungawalbin Group of Reserves to gain information to develop targeted control programs.

This information has identified key areas of feral pig activity.

The feral pig control is part of a collaborative program to protect significant wetlands in the Northern Rivers.

The work is part of the Strategic Feral Pig Control Program - Clarence Lowlands and is funded by the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority.

"Valuable information has been collated to help develop a targeted control program despite very wet conditions," Mr Wilson said.

"People probably don't realise that feral pigs cause considerable environmental damage in these protected wetlands containing habitat for threatened species.

"Feral pigs are recognised as a key threatening process to biodiversity at a national and state level."

Mr Wilson said feral pigs degraded habitat through selective feeding, trampling and digging for underground parts of plants and invertebrates.

"I have enjoyed working on country and look forward to other opportunities to do this work," Mr Wilson said.



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