Forum plans co-ordinated strategy for feral animal control

Controlling feral animals needs a coordinated approach.
Controlling feral animals needs a coordinated approach. Daniel Burdon

FERAL animal control representatives from resource companies operating across the region came together in Dalby recently to develop a strategic plan for broad-scale pest management at an AgForce forum.

AgForce Projects feral pest co-ordinator Damien Ferguson said the forum was held as part of an initiative to bring land managers from mining and agriculture together to encourage a more co-ordinated approach to pest control.

"This is part of a great opportunity for resource companies, agricultural land managers, NRM groups and the councils to work together to develop strategies and a framework for pest management," Mr Ferguson said.

"Individual companies are investing large amounts of money and resources to control feral animals on their land, but this will only be a short-term solution to the problem if the strategy is ad hoc, reactive and not part of a broader, co-ordinated approach working with neighbours and regional control groups.

"Primary producers have the knowledge about where the animals are and what they are doing, so it is vital that resource companies talk to their neighbours.

"Many of these companies are not involved in primary production but they are now working within the landscape and are responsible for managing their land and the pests that travel through their property."

Mr Ferguson said the forum, which included representatives from more than 10 resource companies, would be followed up by a meeting with stakeholders in February to foster working relationships and develop on-ground plans in conjunction with the regional councils.

Topics:  agforce biosecurity feral animal control

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