Business brings homes the bacon with new feral pig trap
A Rockhampton business has come up with a solution for the feral pig problem ravaging Central Queensland.
Tyrone Davis from Trackers Traps developed a new, portable pig cage which lures the pests with feed, into one of two doors which open one way only.
The traps are big enough to keep about 20 pigs each, but small enough they can’t charge up against the mesh.
The floor of the trap is a few millimetres off the ground so the pigs can’t eat all of the feed.
They’re easily portable and can be folded up for compact transportation on the back of a truck.
“We’re getting more captures, we’re making it a less labour-intensive job as it was with conventional methods, Mr Davis said.
“We can stay on top of the problem wherever it may pop up.”
He said one person could set it up in two minutes.
The 30 year old has been trapping wild pigs his whole life and decided to build the new traps to make it so much easier.
In fact, he’s wanting to clean up the feral pig problem in the community.
Feral pigs have been a wild pest causing damage to national parks, natural landscapes and farms ever since they were introduced by the British during the First Fleet in 1788.
According to the Queensland Government, it’s estimated there are up to 24 million feral pigs in the country - almost one pig per person.
Mr Davis said he was in talks with Rockhampton Regional Council about cleaning up some of the pigs with his traps near Lakes Creek Road.
“They’re actually posing a risk to the public, so we can come in there, nice and quiet, take the animal away stress-free,” he said.
Trackers Traps is currently developing a website. To rent or purchase traps, call Tyrone Davis on 0459 483 309.