Legislative Council: Tuesday, October 31, 2023


Feral Pigs

In reply to the Hon. T.A. FRANKS ().26 September 2023).

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries): The Minister for Environment and Water has advised:

Outbreak 1–Less than 20 animals. All animals successfully removed. It is uncertain if these animals were intended to be used by an individual or group, or intentionally released to establish a pest population.

Outbreak 2–2 pregnant females. Both successfully removed. Discussion with government staff in south-west Victoria indicate persons are actively moving pregnant female feral pigs across south-west Victoria into Crown land areas to establish new populations for recreational hunting. Given the proximity to south-western Victoria, it is suspected these two pregnant females were an attempt to establish a feral pig population for recreational hunting in the Limestone Coast region of SA.

Outbreak 3–information obtained by authorised officers suggests a person or persons released approximately 12 animals for personal use to a remote area of the property without the knowledge of the landowner. Over the course of two-three years the population increased to the point of dispersing onto adjoining properties when the Limestone Coast Landscape Board was alerted. The owner of land immediately provided support to eradicate the population once notified.

Limestone Coast Landscape Board authorised officers have been investigating all three outbreaks.

Officers are investigating claims a person or persons have been transporting feral pigs from NSW and releasing them in the Limestone Coast region. Inquiries are ongoing to identify the name of the person or persons involved for interview. DNA samples are being tested to provide information on a possible source location.