The feral pig is one of the most widespread and damaging pest animals in Queensland. Feral pigs in Australia are descendants of various subspecies of the domestic pig. Accidental and deliberate releases of domestic and semi-feral pigs, and subsequent breeding have resulted in a large feral pig population.
You can participate in a national mapping project by reporting feral pig populations.
The feral pig is a declared Class 2 pest animal under Queensland legislation. It is the responsibility of landholders to control feral pigs on their land.
Poisoning is usually the most efficient and effective control method for reducing a pig population.
Depending on the circumstances and bait type used, poison bait may be distributed from the air or the ground.
Sodium fluoroacetate (1080) is recommended, Only authorised persons can supply 1080 baits to landholders. Contact Biosecurity Queensland or your local government for more information.
Pre-feeding is the most important step in ground-poisoning operations. To maximise effectiveness, free feeding with non-poisoned bait should be performed for several days prior to laying poisoned baits.
Pig-specific feeding stations (e.g. Hoghopper) may be of use to reduce non-target species access to bait, where required.
Shooting and the use of dogs
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- Feral pigs in Queensland fact sheet (PDF, 3.5MB)
- Feral pig manual (PDF, 1.0MB)
- Sodium fluroacetate (1080) fact sheet (PDF, 106.5KB)
- Feral Pig Management Strategy (PDF, 249.4KB)
- Control methods
- Feral pig risk assessment (PDF, 151.0KB)
- Feral pig guideline (PDF, 45.7KB)
- Model code of practice for welfare of animals: feral animal control (CSIRO Publishing)
- Humane pest animal control: Code of Practice and Standard Operating Procedures
- Frequently asked questions about feral pigs
- Trapping policy (PDF, 242.6KB)
- PestSmart YouTube videos for pest management (CRC)
- Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre