When choosing a control option, landowners may need to seek advice from Burdekin Shire Council Pest Management Officers or Biosecurity Queensland.
Shooting is a costly control method and is generally only effective in controlling individual animals remaining after a baiting program, or targeting bait or trap-shy animals. Animal welfare requirements need to be addressed when shooting. Aerial shooting for feral pigs is currently conducted by council at least once a year in target areas.
Well-designed fences can reduce livestock and crop predation. They are most effective when used with other methods of damage control such as baiting, trapping or livestock guard animals.
Types of fences include mesh, netting, electric and designs that overhang to prevent cats and foxes from climbing over.
Fencing can provide protection from pest animals. The initial expense is high and ongoing maintenance is required but the benefits can be long term.
Trapping can be time-consuming and costly, but it can be effective in dealing with small pest populations and individual or bait-shy animals. Trapping can also be used in areas where poisons are inappropriate, or as a follow-up to poisoning programs. Traps may include cage traps, self-mustering and silo/mesh traps, leg-hold and foot-hold traps, and collar restraining devices. Animal welfare requirements need to be addressed during trapping programs. Council is in possession of three feral pig traps that are available to lend to landholders, providing a customer request is completed by calling Customer Service on (07) 4783 9800.
A coordinated baiting program using 1080 is the most cost-effective option for broad scale reduction of large pest populations of wild dogs, feral pigs and foxes. 1080 or sodium fluoroacetate is found naturally in about 30 species of Australian plants. 1080 is registered for the control of wild dogs, feral pigs, rabbits and foxes. It is the most efficient, economical and species-selective chemical currently available for pest animal control in Australia. Strychnine is an extract from seeds of Strychnos plant species. It is a fast-acting chemical registered for wild dog and fox control. The use of strychnine is strictly regulated, and landowners are required to obtain a permit from Queensland Health before they can obtain, possess or use the chemical. Council undertakes 1080 baiting for control of wild dogs and feral pigs. A co-ordinated wild dog baiting programme is held in October/November each year by Councils Pest Management Officers. Landholders requiring to bait outside of these times should contact Council’s Pest Management Officers on (07) 4783 9800.
Note: Restrictions apply for accessing 1080 poison. For more information on 1080 regulations and restrictions visit Biosecurity Queensland website. For further information or to request a baiting service please contact Customer Service on (07) 4783 9800 to place a customer request for assistance in 1080 baiting.
Livestock guardian dogs are increasingly being used to protect livestock from wild dogs and foxes; particularly to protect valuable goats on small-scale enterprises, though they are now being used on large sheep-grazing properties in western Queensland.