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Managing Feral Pigs in Toodyay

feral pig in Toodyay WA

Feral pigs are a growing concern for the Shire of Toodyay in Western Australia. These invasive animals, initially introduced to the country by European settlers in 1788, have established themselves in various regions and inhabit approximately 40% of Australia.

We encourage all residents of the Shire of Toodyay to remain vigilant and report any feral pig sightings or damages. By doing so, you are playing a crucial role in helping to manage this issue. This will aid the Rangers in their efforts which have removed hundreds of Feral Pigs between 2021 and 2023. It will also allow the Shire to continue to monitor and sample for viruses such as Japanese Encephalitis (JEV) and Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) upon the feral pig’s removal.

Report sightings of feral pigs to the Shire of Toodyay Rangers:

Phone: 9574 9370


Antenno: Android | Apple

Antenno: Report it > “Dog and other animal issue” > “Other animal issue” > Then start the issue description with “Feral Pigs”

Feral Pig Impacts

Agricultural Damage:

Feral pigs are known to cause extensive damage to crops, resulting in financial losses for farmers. They also may prey on livestock, particularly lambs and young calves, and can spread diseases to domestic pigs and other animals. It is also possible for them to spread diseases and parasites to livestock.


Environmental Damage:

Feral pigs can disturb and degrade native habitats through their rooting and wallowing activities. These actions can cause soil erosion, reduce water quality, and damage vegetation. Additionally, feral pigs can prey on native fauna, including reptiles, amphibians, and ground-nesting birds, further contributing to the decline of these species. They may also spread invasive plants.


Disease Transmission:

Feral pigs can carry and spread various diseases, such as leptospirosis, Q fever, brucellosis, and tuberculosis, which can be transmitted to humans, livestock, and native animals. They can also transmit Salmonellosis, Trichinellosis roundworm, and Campylobacteriosis through contaminated meat.


Cultural Heritage and Recreational Sites:

Feral pigs can also cause irreparable damage to cultural heritage sites, such as scarred trees, stone arrangements, and burial grounds, by disturbing and destroying these areas. They can do the same to rest stops, nature-based parks and camp areas.


Addressing the Problem

Monitoring and Surveillance:

Regular monitoring of feral pig populations and their impact on the environment and agriculture is crucial to inform decisions. This is being done by the Shire Rangers through ground-based surveys, tracking, as well as community reporting of sightings and damage.


Collaboration and Partnerships:

The Shire of Toodyay is working closely with regional bodies, and state agencies to share resources and expertise in managing feral pigs. This collaborative approach ensures a coordinated and effective response to the feral pig problem.



Trapping is a very effective method for controlling feral pig numbers. It can help to scope the problem and can eliminate breeding pigs and whole mobs at a time. It also prevents injured pigs causing flow on issues to properties and watercourses. The Shire of Toodyay Rangers and Environmental Health Officer are working closely with landholders, vets, DPIRD, to implement targeted trapping programs.


Fencing and Exclusion:

Installing exclusion fences around sensitive areas, such as crop fields and native habitats, can help protect these areas from feral pig damage. Landholders are encouraged to explore options for fencing to keep feral pigs out of their properties and prevent them moving through their properties.



 Shooting is a common and cheap method that is employed by farmers against feral pigs, but this can have negative impacts on their overall management.

Shooting at a mob of feral pigs may scare them from traps, make them less predictable and more often or not, if you shoot one, the remainder of the mob will escape. They may not leave the area, but they are going to change their habits, and that will make it harder to control them in the future.