FERAL pigs will be targeted on the Liverpool Plains following the first meeting of the Liverpool Plains Feral Pig Taskforce at Gunnedah earlier this week.
The taskforce includes representatives from the Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA), Catchment Management Authorities, the Department of Primary Industries, NSW Forests, National Parks and Wildlife Service and Crown Lands.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the taskforce was the first multi-agency co-ordinated approach to tackling feral pests in the region.
“The object is to drive down feral pig numbers and work with landholders to help them manage the problem,” Mr Anderson said.
“We’re seeing explosive numbers of foxes, wild dogs and pigs on the back of good breeding seasons.”
The taskforce will work with 10 newly formed and existing landholder groups in the Liverpool Plains to identify the best control methods for feral animals.
The targeted area is about 100,000 square kilometres, extending from Coolah Tops to Boggabri and Willow Tree to Breeza.
“Each individual group will work with the taskforce to come up with a targeted approach, whether it be through baiting, trapping or individual shooting,” Mr Anderson said.
The North West LHPA will be responsible for co-ordinating the poison, issue the poison at a reduced rate, training landholders in the chemical 1080 use, co-ordinating trap availability and co-ordinating and planning systematic aerial control programs.
The next meeting of the taskforce is to be held on October 8.