Feral herbivore control at Pungalina-Seven Emu

Feral herbivore control at Pungalina-Seven Emu

Feral horses, cattle, donkeys and pigs (and the occasional buffalo) are the major feral herbivores on Pungalina-Seven Emu. 

AWC is taking action to reduce the density of these feral herbivores through a program of mustering and shooting, combined with trapping of pigs.

In 2014, AWC removed over 550 large feral herbivores (horses, buffalo, cattle and pigs). 

In addition, AWC is building a feral herbivore-proof fence along the coastline and up into the escarpment:  this fence will create an 80,000 hectare area of coastal habitat which is free of large feral herbivores (horses, donkeys, buffalo and cattle).  Feral pigs (which will reinvade the area) will be maintained at insignificant densities by continuous trapping and shooting within the fenced area.  This will be the only section of coastline on the Gulf of Carpentaria that is free of large feral herbivores.  It represents a major conservation outcome for the region and promises to deliver significant ecological returns for small mammals, sea turtles and other coastal wildlife, particularly those species which rely on the hundreds of square kilometres of interconnected coastal wetlands.