Feral Pigs (Sus scrofa)


Images captured on surveillance cameras at LBG HOGGONE Feral Pig Control System Trial Installations

Historically, domestic pigs were allowed to range freely with some inevitably became feral, living and breeding in the wild. Accidental or deliberate introductions of domestic pigs into the wild continue today. Feral pigs from long-established populations tend to be small, having longer snouts, heavier forequarters and shorter backs than domestic breeds. White and piebald individuals are quite common in the South West. Feral pigs are omnivores with a high reproductive potential, capable of surviving in many habitats and adapting to changing conditions. They are likely to have a considerable impact on the environments in which they become established. There is evidence that pigs spread the fungal pathogen which causes dieback disease. Feral pigs are also susceptible to several significant exotic diseases of livestock not yet present in Australia. These include foot and mouth disease, African swine fever, rinderpest and rabies. It is important to control feral pigs to prevent the build-up of large numbers.

 

All images on the above video were captured on LBG monitoring cameras as part of our feral pig control installations on local area properties for which landholders requested our support for Feral Pig Control.

LBG uses the HOGGONE® Feral Pig Control System, as a highly effective, humane component of our Feral Pig Control Program.
LBG was the first group in WA to trial use of this system for feral pig control, which uses HOGGONE® meSN® Feral Pig Bait and the HOGGONE® Bait Box proving to be an effective and humane system to pig management. This system involves a specific type of bait, placed within boxes carefully designed to allow pigs to smell and easily access bait after limited pre-training, while keeping other animals, rain and extreme heat away from the bait placed in the boxes. The LBG conducted our first trial of this system on private property in Mumballup, within the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup WA working collaboratively with two property owners. Since this first successful trial, the group has now assisted several landowners with elimination of feral pigs on their property utilising this system. Based on these successes, LBG has now incorporated this system as a highly effective, reliable and humane component of our feral pig management program.

Read more about this program at the following link:
LBG Successes Utilising the HOGGONE Feral Pig Management System

CONTACT LBG for property-specific advice:
Best practice methods for controlling feral pigs can vary, so for personalised advice please contact the Leschenault Biosecurity Group by e-mail: info@lbginc.org.au or phone on 0477 049 467