This project forms part of a broader pest management program delivering on a strategy of integrated aerial and on-ground feral pig control measures involving shooting, trapping and baiting.  The aim of the project is to reduce pig numbers to a target of 70 percent each year over an area of more than 820,000 hectares.

Control measures to be undertaken by the Nanum Wungthim Land and Sea Management, Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council includes aerial and ground shooting, and where required, trapping and baiting.

Expert marksmen trained in platform shooting will do aerial shooting amd licensed shooters trained specifically in on-gound marksmanship are to carry out ground shooting.

Specific site baiting and trapping is to be conducted at selected sites, when and where required.

Monitoring of live pig numbers and kills is to be done through aerial surveyance, using spotters.  The methodology includes estimation of numbers of pigs in each drove as air-sited from a helicopter; estimated animal numbers shot and bullets spent; time in air and timelines incurred, including date, day, weather conditions, GPS points and coodinates of tracks.

Where possible ground monitoring is to provide data relating to scats, tracks, diggings and turtle eggs predated at each nest.

Appropriate data sequences will be developed through this project, with baseline data collected to measure change over time.

Commence date:
05 Feb 2014
Status:
Active
Cape York NRM Zone:
Zone 1 (Far North), Zone 4 (Southern Cape)
Program area: