This project forms part of a broader pest management program, delivering on a strategy of integrated aerial and on-ground feral pig control measures that invoves shooting, trapping and baiting, to reduce pig numbers by 70 percent each year in an area of more than 820,000 hectares.
Ferals Australis was contracted to conduct Pig culling activities as part of the Wik Projects pig cull between Love River and Archer River. The works were conducted over 3 x 2.5 to 3 hour sessions and a total of 228 pigs were culled.
Archer River wetlands area is an environment of major ecological significance centred on the Archer, Love, Kirk and Kendell Rivers on the Western coast of Cape York Peninsula. The wetlands are five times larger than those of World Heritage-listed Kakadu wetlands. Covering 1.1 million hectares (or 8% of Cape York) it contains coastal wetland habitats in western Cape York Peninsula of global significance and supports an abundant wetland flora and fauna. The reduction of feral pig numbers in the coastal region is one way to reduce the real pressure from pig predation on nests of breeding populations of the locally endangered Olive Ridley turtles.