PIG002: Aerial shooting of feral pigs

Feral pigs (Sus scrofa) have a significant impact on the environment and agricultural production and are a potential reservoir and vector of exotic diseases. Control methods include poisoning, trapping, exclusion fencing, ground shooting and shooting from helicopters.

Aerial shooting of feral pigs from a helicopter is used in extensive or otherwise inaccessible areas where the density of pigs is high. It is an effective and reletively cost-efficient method of quickly reducing feral pig populations. Teams involved in shooting from a helicopter include a shooter, a pilot and a spotter/counter who locates the pigs as well as records the number of pigs shot.

Aerial shooting can be a humane method of destroying feral pigs when it is carried out by experienced and skilled shooters and pilots; the animal can be clearly seen and is within range; the correct firearm, ammunition and shot placement is used; and wounded animals are promptly located and killed.

This standard operating procedure (SOP) is a guide only; it does not replace or override the legislation that applies in the relevant State or Territory jurisdiction. The SOP should only be used subject to the applicable legal requirements (including OH&S) operating in the relevant jurisdiction.

Author Sharp, T.
Date 20/12/2012
Year 2012
Pages 6
Notes PIG002
Control method Shooting
Region Australia - national
Links https://www.pestsmart.org.au/animal-welfare/humane-codes/
Documents PIG002: Aerial shooting of feral pigs [470 kb PDF]