The State Government is seeking feedback on draft policies for the management of feral deer and pigs, with the aim of improving control by landholders.
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 control and reduce feral pig and deer populations across South Australia.
This is the first time a declared animal policy specific to feral pigs has been drafted in South Australia.
The draft policies are part of a review of declared animal policies by Primary Industries and Regions SA 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 from 2018.
Community consultation is open through the Your Say website until 5pm Sunday, 7 January, 2018.
The main elements of the new draft declared policy on feral pigs include measures to:
- Require land owners to control 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 control 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.