Hospital staff call for reinforcements as pigs cause havoc

Council pest control officer kills wild boar.
Council pest control officer kills wild boar. Harry Bruce

WILD pigs almost caused an 'aporkalypse' at the Sarina Hospital.

We're not telling porkies.

Hospital staff had to call for reinforcements to deal with feral pigs spotted roaming the grounds and damaging parked vehicles.

Council pest control officers tasked with their removal followed a wild boar into bushland surrounding the hospital. It was shot on sight.

Mackay Hospital and Health Service rural services executive director Terry Johnson confirmed Sarina Hospital had contacted Mackay Regional Council to report a feral pig creating a nuisance in the hospital grounds.

Two vehicles had been damaged by the pillaging porkers.

The council's health and regulatory manager, Craig Shepherd, said they had received reports two feral pigs had been scratching the sides of parked vehicles.

"Two of our pest management officers visited the area to undertake a site and risk assessment on the most efficient and practical way to remove them," he said.

They notified police that they would shoot the pigs.

Mr Shepherd said officers had gone to the hospital on Wednesday and shot one of the pigs.

"We will continue to follow up with the hospital to determine if the other pig continues to cause a nuisance," he said.

"Council's pest management officers are licensed to carry a firearm and these are used as part of standard operations for controlling wild pigs and dogs where appropriate."

Wild pigs are a declared Class 2 species under the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002.

They have an environmental, economic and social impact within the community.

Topics:  mackay mackay regional council sarina wild pigs

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