Pig problem is going feral
THE HERVEY Bay hunter who shot a 140-kilogram, feral pig on a local property wants the State Government to introduce special vermin licences.
“There are people in political circles who reckon we don't have a feral pig problem on the Fraser Coast,” Eddie Dickfos said yesterday.
“This fella that I shot with a 338 Winchester recently is a perfect example that the politicians are dead wrong.”
Feral pigs do so much damage, says Cr David Dalgleish.
“What worries me is we are locking up parcels of scrub land and actually creating breeding grounds.”
“We do have a feral animal problem on the coast,” Mr Dickfos said.
“If the government introduced R-Licences like the New South Wales' Game Hunting Council has done, hunters could access State Forests and Crown Land and cull the feral numbers.”
Mr Dickfos has been hunting for 36 years yet he couldn't put the stuffed head of a feral deer he shot a while ago on a wall in his Hervey Bay home.
“I couldn't look at his eyes yet I'm a hunter,” he confessed.
The Restricted NSW Game Hunting Licence — or R-Licence — and written permission are required by law for hunting game and feral animals on declared State forests and Crown Land areas in NSW, not including National Parks. The R-Licence also incorporates the General NSW Game Hunting Licence (G-Licence), required by law for hunting wild deer, ducks and game birds on private land in NSW.
R-Licence categories cover bows, firearms, dogs and black powder and costs $60 a year.
“I sat to get mine and I passed,” Mr Dickfos said.
“You need to be a member of a Game Council-approved hunting organisation to do the course and that's what Queensland needs to introduce.
“The property owner where I shot this pig has told me it's good to have a hunter they know and trust helping them eradicate these ferals.”
Cr Sue Brooks said there needed to be a unified approach to eliminate the entire region's feral pigs.
“We need more information about where feral pigs are so the State Government works with landholders and council together to reduce and eliminate feral pigs from our region.”
Cr Dalgleish said “these life-threatening feral animals do exist and residents and council need to be vigilant in their approach to dealing with the problem”.