Feral Fighters pest animals program

The Feral Fighters program provides landholders with the tools they need to help manage pest animals.

Feral Fighters are local landholders who work together in groups to undertake coordinated pest animal control programs – and you can join Feral Fighters too. Group baiting and trapping strategically targets pest animal populations in a specific location and is an effective way to reduce the rate of re-invasion.

The Feral Fighters program is targeting feral pigs from January to June 2021.

Feral Fighters will focus on feral pig trapping and baiting and aerial culling will be undertaken in certain areas to supplement on-ground control.

Northern Tablelands Local Land Services will provide grain for free feeding and poisoning, as well as loaning pig traps at no cost.

Our Biosecurity Officers can explain to you how to set up the pig traps and free feed grain to get the best results.

Controlling pigs together and at the same time, vastly increases knockdown rates. Working together is pivotal to the program’s success.

Landholders must have a current chemical card to participate in the program. You can now complete the Vertebrate Pesticide Induction Training course online.

Past Feral Fighters programs have focused on wild rabbits and included workshops around the Northern Tablelands region at which participants learnt best practice rabbit control methods. The workshops also included demonstrations of controlled practices including baiting, trapping, and fumigation.

If you are interested in participating in the Feral Fighters program targeting feral pigs, please contact your Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Biosecurity Officer:
Leanne Calthorpe (Tenterfield) on 0447 646 330 
Peter Frizell (Armidale) on 0427 007 192 
Clayton Burey (Armidale) on 0427 007 191 
Perry Newman (Glen Innes) on 0428 669 132 
Chris Watters (Glen Innes) on 0429 825 725 
Elli Keyte (Inverell) on 0447 654 883
Dan McCudden (Inverell) on 0437 047 741

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