Pest pig control in Barmah National Park
Friday 3 May, 2019
Parks Victoria will undertake feral pig control using contracted shooters in Barmah National Park over the coming months.
Where necessary some areas of the park may be closed to protect public safety. This will be done to minimise impacts to visitors. Control operations will occur at night in limited areas and will have minimal impact on park visitors.
Parks Victoria regularly undertakes dedicated conservation programs in Barmah National Park. These programs include activities such as monitoring of grazer and plant populations, revegetation, spraying, controlled burning, and animal control programs. They are crucial to restoring habitat and improving overall landscape health.
Parks Victoria is using highly skilled professionals to undertake these operations, which will be thoroughly planned and carried out under strict conditions designed to ensure safe, effective and humane practices at all times.
This animal control program will target feral pigs. If deer or goats are encountered during the operation they may also be destroyed as secondary target species.
The draft Strategic Action Plan: Protection of floodplain marshes in Barmah National Park and Barmah Forest Ramsar site (2019-2023) is currently open for community review and feedback at Engage Victoria. The plan outlines measures for controlling threats to the park’s fragile ecosystem including controlling the feral horse population and other invasive species and changes to watering regimes.
Barmah Forest supports nearly 300 native species of birds, fishes, reptiles, frogs and other animals and more than 500 native plant species. This includes endangered or vulnerable species such as: Australasian bittern, Superb parrot, Murray cod, Silver perch, Trout cod, Mueller daisy, Swamp wallaby grass and Moira grass.
Quotes, attributable to Rachel Murphy, District Manager Parks Victoria
“Feral pigs have a negative impact on native vegetation and water systems. Pigs are known to eat the eggs of native wildlife and disperse the seeds of weed species.”
“This animal control program will target feral pigs. If deer or goats are encountered during the operation they may also be destroyed as a secondary target species.”
“We hope to see areas of native flora that are significantly depleted show signs of recovery following the control program.”