Wildlife Damage Management, Internet Center for



Date of this Version

February 2006


February 2006
Produced by: Land Protection
Author: Land Protection
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Domestic pigs (Sus scrofa) were introduced to Australia by early settlers. Subsequent accidental and deliberate releases resulted in the wild (feral) population establishing throughout Australia. Feral pigs damage crops, stock and property, spread weeds and transmit diseases such as Leptospirosis and Foot and Mouth. They also cause environmental damage, digging up large areas of native vegetation and spreading weeds.

Feral pigs are declared Class 2 pests under Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002. Declaration requires landholders to control declared pest on the land under their control. A local government may serve a notice upon a landholder requiring control of declared pests.