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Feral Pig Captured in Lawson

By Greater Sydney Local Land Services
Posted: 29 Apr 2021
Biosecurity experts have praised the quick thinking of a Lawson resident after removing a large feral pig from an urban street in the Blue Mountains suburb.

Steve Clarke and his wife where shocked when they woke to find their usually pristine back garden destroyed overnight.

“The garden was desecrated, hundreds of dollars’ worth of tulips had been destroyed and heavy paving stones smashed,” Mr Clarke said.

“We didn’t know what it was until we checked our home cameras, that’s when we saw the pig which must’ve weighed more than 50 kilos.

“It was really dangerous.”

Mr Clarke contacted the Greater Sydney Local Land Services biosecurity team with officer Jacob French on site the next day.

“He was very professional and took his job very seriously,” Mr Clarke said.

Mr French started by leaving feed out for the pig overnight before setting up a trap the next day.

“We caught it the first night which is an excellent result and such a relief,” he said.

“Feral pigs are dangerous, potentially carry serious diseases for livestock, domestic animals and humans, we don’t want them roaming our streets.”

Mr French praised the couples quick thinking and urged other residents experiencing serious issues to do the same.

“We rely on landholders, the community and public land managers to report attacks on livestock, sightings and other potential impacts from pest animals and are available to provide advice and assistance where ever possible,” he said.

“Feral pigs are particularly active at this time of year because of the abundance of feed available.”

For more information contact Greater Sydney Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.

 
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