East Gippsland conservation works in full swing
Wednesday 3 July, 2019
Ongoing efforts to control feral pigs
Since the start of autumn, Parks Victoria in conjunction with Moogji Aboriginal Council East Gippsland Inc. have been undertaking numerous programs to monitor and control the feral pig population in East Gippsland through the “Pigs on the Borderlands” project.
Throughout June, poison baiting was conducted by Moogji Aboriginal Council East Gippsland Inc. in locations east of the Snowy River. The uptake of baits by feral pigs in these areas has proved to be successful with visible signs of the feral pigs at the free feeding area.
In addition to baiting, a number of feral pigs were trapped to the west of the Snowy River in the Suggan Buggan area and the eastern Alpine National Park.
The program will increase in size and scale across the Alpine and Snowy River National Parks until 2021.
From September onwards, Moogji Aboriginal Council East Gippsland Inc. feral pig baiting and trapping programs will also be expanded to the east across the Deddick Valley and Tubbut regions.
Other control methods such as ground and aerial shooting may be considered.
Feral pigs significantly impact on biodiversity values and degrade habitat by creating wallows, eroding streambanks, causing disturbance and eating native plants and animals. They also damage agricultural land and spread diseases to humans and other animals. Feral pigs are highly mobile animals which makes the management of them complex and resource intensive.
This feral pig control project has been funded by the Victorian Government’s Biodiversity Response Planning program and is helping to ensure that Victoria’s biodiversity is healthy, valued and actively cared for.
Quotes, attributed to Parks Victoria District Manager East Gippsland Will McCutcheon
“Feral pigs pose a significant threat to many of the natural and cultural values and assets within East Gippsland.”
“Parks Victoria is proactive in managing the threat of feral pigs within the land we directly manage, as well as working with other partners, including the local agricultural industry, as feral pigs can cause damage to pastures, fencing, infrastructure and are known for predation on lambs.”
Quotes, attributed to Moogii Aboriginal Council East Gippsland Inc Project Manager Chris Allen
“Moogji Aboriginal Council East Gippsland Inc. is excited to be a partner and contractor with Parks Victoria on the Pigs on the Borderlands Project.”
“Moogji have invested heavily in training and capacity building of our Natural Resources Management team to reduce feral pig populations in the high country and Far East Gippsland. We have developed cooperative relationships with both Land Managers and private land holders alike to achieve positive outcomes.”
“This project has provided the opportunity for Aboriginal employment and for Aboriginal people to play a major role in ‘caring for country’. The control of Feral Pigs is critical to maintain Biodiversity values in the region.”