PIG005: Poisoning of feral pigs with 1080

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.

Poisoning with sodium monoflouroacetate (1080) is considered to be one of the most effective methods of quickly reducing feral pig numbers. 1080 is an odourless, tasteless white powder that has a special dye added for identification of the toxin. It is incorporated into a suitable bait material and offered along a trail or in a bait station. Free-feeding with unpoisoned bait is performed for a number of days prior to laying poisoned baits and is an essential step in a baiting program. A disadvantage of using 1080 is that it carries a high risk of non-target poisoning due to large doses required to kill feral pigs.

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 PIG005
Control method 1080 (sodium monofluoroacetate)
Region Australia - national
Links https://www.pestsmart.org.au/animal-welfare/humane-codes/
Documents PIG005: Poisoning of feral pigs with sodium fluoroacetate (1080)  [285 kb PDF]