Real time imagery tackles feral pig problem


Real time imagery has played a pivotal role in dealing with a significant feral pig problem at Noosa’s Northshore Landing strip.

Council’s Pest Management crew was called in amid growing concerns over damage being done to the airstrip and nearby properties.

Pest and Vector officer Jason Sherriff and Land Protection Officer Cameron Jackson set up monitoring cameras and created a pre-feed station to lure the pigs to a location away from the airstrip.

After a week of pre-feeding, the full extent of the pig problem had been identified and a trap installed. Within two days of installing an electronic “Jager” pig trapping system, they captured and removed 15 pigs, including three boars each weighing in excess of 100kgs

Environmental Services Manager Craig Doolan said the technology is a game changer in dealing with feral pests.

“Council first introduced the trapping system in 2017, because it’s a much safer option for our officers and usually results in a quick resolution to feral pig problems by reducing entire populations rather than individuals.

“Using real time images, they are sent to the officer’s mobile phone where he can remotely activate to reset or close the trap with a simple texted code.” Mr Doolan said.

Feral pigs are one of Queensland’s worst vertebrate pets and can do enormous environmental and economic damage, if not effectively managed.

“Council works closely with landholders across the shire to control feral pigs on private and public land,” he said.

Council currently owns two “Jager” traps which are in constant use throughout the shire.

Since the initial capture, the Landing Strip trap has captured a further 3 solitary boars over the past 4 days. The trap will remain active for about another week to ensure the issue has been resolved”, he said.