Community feedback on draft policies for the management of feral deer and pigs, currently out for comment, is set to close on Wednesday (January 31).
Feral deer and pigs are declared animal pests under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004, and their populations and distribution have increased over the last 10 years.
These draft declared animal policies provide strategies to reduce feral pig and deer populations in South Australia, and also includes an aim of improving control by landholders.
The draft policies are part of a review of declared animal policies by Primary Industries and Region SA (PIRSA) in collaboration with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. NRM Boards and industry and community stakeholders have also been involved in the policies’ development.
Feedback from the consultation will be considered in finalising the declared animal policies, which will be implemented later in the year.
While the draft feral deer policy is an update of an existing policy, it is the first time a declared animal policy specific to feral pigs has been drafted in South Australia.
Community consultation is open through the yourSAy website www.yoursay.sa.gov.au until 5pm Wednesday 31 January 2018.
The main elements of the new draft declared policy on feral pigs include measures to:
- Require land owners to destroy feral pigs
- Prevent domestic pigs from escaping into the wild
- Prevent the release of domestic and feral pigs.
The main elements of the revised draft declared policy on feral deer include:
- Require land owners to destroy feral deer
- Ensure boundary fences of deer farms meet appropriate construction and maintenance standards
- Permits and animal identification required for the keeping of farmed deer.
Quotes attributable to John Virtue, Manager Strategy, Policy and Invasive Species PIRSA Biosecurity SA
The annual cost of all pest animals in Australia has been estimated by the Centre for Invasive Species Solution to be nearly $800 million a year.
These draft policies targeting feral pigs and feral deer aim to minimise the environmental, economic and social impacts they have on the state.
PIRSA Biosecurity SA encourages anyone with an interest in the management of these feral animals – landowners, farmers and hunters, along with the public – to comment on these draft policies and help us toward our ultimate goal of removing all feral animals from our environment.