Hunt for feral pig ends in Voyager Point

PIG ON THE LOOSE IN LIVERPOOL: The culprit ran wild for about one year. It was captured on June 27.

PIG ON THE LOOSE IN LIVERPOOL: The culprit ran wild for about one year. It was captured on June 27.

A feral pig that was on the loose for one year has been captured in Voyager Point by Greater Sydney Local Land Services.

Whereabouts of the wild animal came to the attention of biosecurity experts two weeks ago, after Liverpool Council bushcare officers undertook regeneration works.

Biosecurity officer Annaliese Geddes said the pest was “landlocked” in the area and posed a threat to residents nearby, as well as native animals and bushland.

“We found faeces, tracks and evidence of digging up of the native riverbank, wetland and saltmarsh vegetation, leaving these areas susceptible to erosion and weed establishment as well as depleting food supply for native species,” she said.

“We believe the animal was dumped in the area.”

While it is unknown who put the pig there, biosecurity experts are calling for locals to report strange signs of animal activity in the future.

According to Ms Geddes, blood tests of the pig were negative.

“Our officers took blood samples to test for a number of serious infectious zoonotic diseases, which can have health implications for both humans and other animals. Thankfully in this instance the results were negative.”

On top of the severe environmental impacts, feral pig damage is estimated to cost Australian agriculture more than $100 million per year.

A Greater Sydney Local Land Services spokesperson told The Champion the feral pig will be put down, under legislation requirements.

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