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Fight against feral pests ramps up in the Capertee Valley

Landholders in the Capertee Valley are urged to join the fight against the feral pig and other vertebrate pests as part of a coordinated pig eradication campaign starting on May 4, 2016.

Central Tablelands Local Land Services is funding an aerial shoot to reduce feral pig numbers in the Capertee Valley.  The campaign will complement the annual cull conducted by the National Parks and Wildlife Service in the Capertee National Park expanding the impact of the campaign into agricultural land.

The Capertee Valley is a biodiversity hotspot on the Central Tablelands, home to more than 250 species of native birds, including the regent honeyeater.  The spotted-tail quoll and brush-tail rock wallaby are also found in this region.

Local Land Services is working with Capertee Valley Landcare to provide subsidised training for landholders in the use of traps, 1080 baits, the canid pest ejector, and other methods to control feral pests including pigs, foxes, and wild dogs.

Capertee Valley Landcare President, Terrie Wallace, reports anecdotal evidence from local landholders suggests pig numbers are increasing, with pigs turning up in areas where they have not previously been seen.

“We’ve been trying to reduce erosion and encourage saplings to start growing, to improve natural habitat and water quality, but the pigs destabilise creek banks and damage native vegetation.”

“They also attract unwanted shooters to trespass onto our land.  The more pigs we can eradicate the better it is for our grazing enterprise and for the environment.”

Terrie and her husband Stuart Knox run sheep and cattle on the family property, ‘Umbiella’, a grazing property that sits between the Wollemi National Park and the Capertee River.

“We approached Central Tablelands Local Land Services last year to help us in tackling the pigs, and they’ve been very helpful in facilitating the funding for the aerial pig shoot and other assistance in feral pest management.”

A coordinated fox and wild dog baiting program will also be held prior to the commencement of the pig campaign. “We’re urging landholders to join us in baiting at the same time as the aerial shoot is taking place,” said Central Tablelands Local Land Services Senior Biosecurity Officer, Mal Leeson.

“Pest control campaigns are most effective when landholders and land management authorities work together in a coordinated strategy to wipe out as many pigs and other pests as possible.”

Bait training courses will be held at the Glen Alice Hall and the cost will be subsidised by Central Tablelands Local Land Services.  Landholder registration is essential.

Register for bait training with Mal Leeson on email: mal.leeson@lls.nsw.gov.au

Local Land Services will also provide pig traps available for loan through Capertee Valley Landcare.  Contact Terrie Wallace at Capertee Landcare on 0428697202 for more information.02 0428 697

The Capertee Valley feral pest campaign (including the aerial pig shoot, bait training, and pig traps) is funded through State Government’s Catchment Action NSW, and through the Commonwealth Government’s National Landcare Programme.

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