Feral pig numbers lowered on KI bushfire ground

Feral pig numbers lowered on KI bushfire ground

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AN aerial cull across the western end of Kangaroo Island has successfully removed dozens of feral pigs from the bushfire-affected area.

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AN aerial cull across the western end of Kangaroo Island has successfully removed dozens of feral pigs from the bushfire-affected area.

The Department for Environment and Water feral pig control team removed 46 pigs from area in the past two to three weeks, after aerial reconnaissance flights identified remaining feral pig populations.

After much of the natural habitat for feral pigs was destroyed in the bushfires, the remaining population is moving toward remaining vegetation and water sources, making pigs easier to sight.

It is estimated there were between 1000 and 3000 feral pigs on the western end before the bushfire but present numbers have not been established.

DEW Feral Animal Control officer Brenton Florance said local knowledge was vital to the success of the culling program and preventing pig repopulation.

KI's Landscape Board presiding member Andrew Heinrich said the bushfires provided an opportunity to try and eradicate pigs from the area.

"Most landholders will be aware that feral pigs churn up the ground preventing recovery, carry pests and diseases, and foul water sources - and most are determined to stop the spread of feral pigs," he said.

Throughout the coming weeks, DEW staff will continue to undertake control activities on the western end of the island.

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