Tagging and scanning for feral pigs

April 17, 2015

Feral pigsFeral pigs are increasingly becoming a problem in Australia’s forests. Murdoch researchers are using GPS tracking and thermal imagery in an attempt to learn more about these cryptic creatures which are difficult to study.

The pigs pose a threat to Australia’s natural ecosystems, landscapes and biodiversity values, impacting on the environment and agricultural resources through predation, competition, habitat degradation and disease transmission.

In search of food, feral pigs dig into the soil causing the most obvious signs of destruction. They are responsible for disturbing at least 13 million tonnes of soil in the northern jarrah forest in Western Australia each year.

Read more about the problem in Perspectives, on ScienceNetwork WA’s website.

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