Pigs were brought from Europe to Australia by the First Fleet in 1788. Imported as livestock, pigs soon escaped and established wild populations that have expanded over time. In 2021, it was estimated that Queensland had up to 2.3 million feral pigs. They are among Queensland’s most widespread and damaging pest animals. Feral pigs spread invasive plants, degrade soil and water, prey on native species, damage crops and livestock, and carry diseases.
A feral pig is a pig that lives in a wild state and is not being farmed or kept for another purpose. Feral swine cause widespread damage to natural resources. They consume large amounts of vegetation; destroy plants with their rooting, soil compaction, and wallowing behaviors; and in some areas, may eat or uproot protected, sensitive, unique, or rare plants.
Some properties hire a pig hunter whose job it is to shoot the pigs. Others resort to poison baits and aerial shooting. Some people hunt the wild pigs.
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