Wild pig release concerning

ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEM: The DEPI has recently found and removed a herd of pigs which they believe were introduced deliberately into the bush. PHOTO: Alex Craig

THE Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is seeking information from the community regarding the deliberate release of pigs into a pine plantation surrounded by state forest and farmland, in the Kiewa Valley.

Members of the public reported sightings of the eight pigs which were later successfully mustered by DEPI officers and local landowners.

DEPI biosecurity manager of established animals John Matthews said it appeared the pigs were released to propagate a feral pig population for hunting.

“This incident is a demonstration of extremely poor behavior and ignorance of the possible consequences.

“Thankfully this type of conduct is not common, and doesn’t reflect on the majority of hunters who undertake hunting lawfully, ethically and humanely,” Mr Matthews said.

“These thoughtless actions could have major impacts on Victoria’s agriculture industries and environment, with devastating biosecurity implications.

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