IMPROVED TRAPPING TECHNIQUES: Feral pigs recently trapped near Yuraygir National Park.
IMPROVED TRAPPING TECHNIQUES: Feral pigs recently trapped near Yuraygir National Park.

Feral pigs culled from Yuraygir National Park

Eggs of the endangered coastal emu are vulnerable to feral pig predation.

WORKING with neighbours the National Parks and Wildlife Service is celebrating the success of a feral pig control program in Yuraygir National Park, which has seen over 100 pigs culled between Red Rock and Yamba this year.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Clarence South area manager, Mr Andrew Lugg, said working co-operatively with park neighbours and North Coast Local Land Services to implement a more co-ordinated and effective program is proving successful.

"Combined with recent improvements in trapping techniques, the program has seen 112 feral pigs trapped," Mr Lugg said.

"Feral pig numbers are generally low in the area compared with western areas, although there have been more regular sightings in the last few years", he said.

"Some of this is thought to be the result of deliberate seeding of areas by unscrupulous hunters.

"Feral pigs in the coastal area are highly mobile and there is abundant feed and water, which allows the animals to range over large areas," Mr Lugg said.

"These factors mean that unless control is carefully targeted towards areas of current activity, a lot of effort can be wasted.

"Our field officers work with neighbours to strategically locate and monitor traps where the animals are captured and then humanely destroyed.

"Feral pigs can produce a lot of young in good conditions and we will continue working to control the population to reduce the impacts on both park neighbours and the park environment including important species such as the coastal emu," he said.

For more information on pest management programs in local national parks, visit online or contact the Grafton NPWS office on 6641 1500.