Feral pigs

Feral pigs are an agricultural, environmental and social pest. Pigs spread diseases, eat native plants and crops. They compete with native wildlife and livestock for grass, and contribute to erosion and a reduction in water quality in wetland and river systems.

The number of feral pigs in South Australia is small but there is a risk new populations will establish and existing populations will spread.

Controlling feral pigs on your property

Landholders are responsible for culling all feral pigs on their properties under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004.

You cannot move, sell, keep or release feral pigs.

If you see or hear of someone releasing pigs, please contact PIRSA Biosecurity or your local Natural Resources office.

If you see feral pigs on mainland South Australia, please notify your local Natural Resources office.

Primary methods for controlling feral pigs are coordinated aerial or ground shooting, baiting and trapping.

Detailed feral pig control techniques are available on the PestSmart Connect website.

Keeping domestic pigs

There are requirements to confine your domestic pigs.

You can keep, sell and move domestic pigs if your property is registered to keep pigs and has a valid Property Identification Code (PIC).

If you own domestic pigs, it is essential that they are securely contained. If an officer authorised under the NRM Act 2004 is of the opinion that the enclosure fence is not confining your domestic pigs, the officer can require you to modify the enclosure fence as they see fit. The new policy outlines best practice fencing standards for outdoor enclosures to confine domestic pigs.

Pigs must not be released from captivity under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004.


Feral pig control advice

Natural Resources: Department for Environment and Water

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Page Last Reviewed: 29 Mar 2019
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