Extraordinary images have appeared about how inland farmers struggle with a $ 100 million problem destroying their livelihoods.
With a population of 24 million, there are almost as many wild pigs in Australia as there are people.
Initially brought to Australia as cattle by the First Fleet in 1788, wild pig populations have grown over time and are now considered one of the country's most destructive pests.
Disturbing footage of a fall set up by a farmer in Warialda in northwestern New South Wales, which yielded 148 pigs in just one night, went viral online and led to a division.
A disturbing video showed the success of the Winter Feral Pig program from North West Local Land Services in north-west NSW
Many of the animals caught in the bait trap were baby piglets, causing indignant indignation by shocked vegans and animal rights activists.
& # 39; OMG let them go. Why are you so mean? They are beautiful, harmless animals. You should be ashamed of yourself, & # 39; placed a person.
Another added: & # 39; What happens to them? Many of them are babies. There isn't much meat on it anyway. & # 39;
Those who asked to release the captured pigs angered many others who commented online.
& # 39; I don't think people realize how harmful they are to the ecosystem & someone wrote.
Another added: & # 39; Pigs destroy the habitat and destroy fences that allow baby lambs to run onto the road and be run over by annoying motorists who do not see the baby lambs because motorists use their mobile phones. & # 39;
The Warialda farmer who set up the feeding trap was one of the 120 participants in the program
The Facebook video was shared by North West Local Land Services (LLS), which offered free grain for luring and catching for farmers as part of the inaugural Winter Feral Pig program.
& # 39; Winter is an ideal time to tackle feral pigs because their protein demand has increased & # 39 ;, says a flyer.
Approximately 120 farmers in the region benefited from the program, with LLS distributing 30 tons of free grain.
The pilot program is so successful that the following winter can continue.
& # 39; Wild pigs need access to water because they cannot sweat, so populations tend to condense around water points, making it easier to target them, & # 39; told team leader LLS Bec Gray to the Northern Daily Leader.
& # 39; Many people also carry broth … That attracts them.
& # 39; You must get almost 90 percent of them knocked down to stay ahead of their reproduction speed. & # 39;
The bait trap program has been so successful in the northwestern part of NSW that the next winter can continue
The images shared online earlier this month have attracted more than 238,000 views, along with thousands of shares and responses.
The video led to a division online, ranging from support for the culling of the farmer to shocked horror of others.
North West Local Land Services has recently set up a program to help farmers tackle the problem
& # 39; Excellent clearance. Imagine what a month of falling will achieve. Good news for farmers and land, & a person commented.
Another one added:
Others expressed concern about the pigs.
& # 39; Scary to see so many of just one night fall, & # 39; someone wrote.
Another added: & # 39; I am happy to see this caught, but sad to acknowledge that these will just go into a hole in the ground. I am surprised that the average age is so young. & # 39;
The largest population of feral pigs is in Queensland, where they occur in most parts of the state.
& # 39; Wild pigs spread weeds, break down soil and water, hunt indigenous species, damage crops and livestock, and carry diseases, & # 39; a government website states.
The fall caused a division, ranging from support for the framer to shocked horror
The website also contains a series of environmental, economic and social problems that cause wild pigs.
They include hunting livestock and indigenous species of farmers, eating and damaging crops, destroying grassland and carrying diseases that affect native animals and even humans.
Poisoning, aerial and land shooting, traps and hunting are control techniques supported by Biodiversity Queensland.
& # 39; Wild pigs are recognized as a destructive, exotic pest species in Australia, particularly in northeastern regions where pig populations are widespread and can reach high densities & # 39 ;, senior scientist Matthew Gentle told Yahoo News Australia.
& # 39; Wild pigs are also well-known predators of various native invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians, and can also be an important predator of livestock, including goat children and lambs. & # 39;
Pigs arrived in Australia with the First Fleet as cattle. They escaped as the population grew
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