Pig Control at Tandora
Case study type
Australian Government / NRM
8 December 2014
23 November 2015
Four (4) year feral pig control program at Tandora Station, a large privately owned parcel of land at the mouth of the Mary and Susan Rivers adjacent the Great Sandy Strait Ramsar Site, a wetland of international importance.
Feral pigs have destroyed sensitive wetlands and estuarine areas. Watermouse nests, marine salt couch plains, tidal flats, as well as open paddocks, are also targeted by pigs. Watermouse, (Xeromys myoides), have been identified at Tandora, with numerous nests made by the rare and elusive creatures.
At least 30 species of small crabs call the combined estuary of the Mary and Susan Rivers home. Quite often, complete creek banks above the half tide level are uprooted as pigs dig the small crabs out of the mud. High steep banks are undercut causing severe bank erosion as well as turbidity problems. Even the tidal islands in the centre of the river are not safe from these nocturnal marauders.
Last updated: 16 March 2018
This page should be cited as:
Department of Environment and Science, Queensland (2018) Pig Control at Tandora, WetlandInfo website, accessed 24 September 2020. Available at: https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/resources/tools/wetland-project/pig-control-at-tandora-315c/