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Keeping feral pigs is illegal

South East Local Land Services has recently seen an increase in reports of feral pig activity across the region, so it’s timely to prompt land managers about feral pig control.

Biosecurity Support Officer, Nicky Clarke said feral pigs are a declared pest animal in NSW under the Local Land Services Act 2013.

“This declaration means that all land managers have an obligation to control feral pigs on their land,” Ms Clarke said.

“It is also illegal to keep or transport live feral pigs.

“The definition of feral pigs includes pigs born or that have lived in the wild, those that demonstrate wild and erratic behaviour, those that are not domesticated, and those that have some or all of the following features including long coarse hair, elongated snout and/or sloping hindquarters.

“Feral pigs are a highly adaptable pest animal.  They can cause extensive damage to the environment and cost the agricultural industry an estimated $100 million annually.

“Damage to the environment occurs through preying on and degrading the habitat of small mammals and reptiles.

“Agricultural impacts include predation of lambs, reduction in crop and pasture yields, damage to fences and muddying of water sources, and competition with livestock through consuming and damaging pasture.

“They also have the potential to be hosts or vectors to a number of endemic parasites and diseases such as foot and mouth disease, swine vesicular disease, African swine fever, leptospirosis, brucellosis and tuberculosis,” Ms Clarke said.

Local Land Services is encouraging members of the community to report any feral pig activity to their nearest Local Land Services Office, call 1300 795 299.  Biosecurity staff can assist with coordination of control programs, provision of technical advice and the supply of 1080 baits and traps.

It is an offence to keep a declared pest animal in captivity on any land.  If Local Land Services officers find evidence that indicates a declared pest animal is held in captivity, action may be taken including, but not limited to, the issuing of a penalty notice and a fine of up to a maximum of $22,000.

ENDS

Media contact: Nicky Clarke, 02 4842 2594