The Queensland Government is being urged to consider using recreational hunters to tackle the State’s feral pig problem.
Queensland Shooters and Fishers Party President David Curless says that the answer could be recreational hunters, and encouraged the Queensland Government to work with the State’s firearm owners.
“With more than 170,000 licensed, law abiding firearm owners in Queensland, the solution to the problem is staring the Newman Government in the face,” said Mr Curless.
“Recreational hunters are ready, willing and able to help.”
Mr Curless says that successful programs have been running in Victoria for 20 years and in NSW for 8 years and have helped to control feral pigs, dogs, cats, rabbits and other feral pests.
“With successful programs already operating in other States, we encourage the Queensland Government to make use of this valuable volunteer resource and help our farmers and protect native wildlife.”
The Queensland Shooters and Fishers Party will be making a submission to the Queensland Government sighting the positive impact similar programs have had in other States.
“Victoria’s fox bounty has already claimed more than 133,000 scalps, including 10,000 in the first three months of the program,” said Mr Curless.
“The Queensland Government can no longer afford to ignore the usefulness of recreational hunters.”
“It’s time for the Government to work with hunters to give our hard working farmers the support they need.”