9,500 feral pigs killed to protect sea turtles
South Australiaâ€™s government enlisted two
sharpshooters to control the crisis on the west coast of Cape York Peninsula,
where feral pigs are decimating sea turtle numbers.
The remote Cape York beaches are the nesting place for
about five species of turtle some of which are endangered. And there have been
reports that in some rookeries every nest of eggs has been eaten by feral
According to the Courier-Mail, the two helicopter-mounted
marksmen killed 9,500 feral pigs in just six weeks.
The shoot, the
biggest ever State Government shoot-out of feral animals, was organised
between the DNR, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and the Injinoo and
Mapoon Aboriginal communities with sharpshooters from the Cape York Weeds and
Feral Animals Program.
Community members are now
assessing turtle hatchling numbers to determine how well the shoot worked.
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