Seasonal patterns in bait consumption by feral pigs Sus scrofa in the hill country of South-eastern Australia

Both fermenting wheat and bran/pollard pellets were readily accepted as bait throughout the year by feral pigs (Sus scrofa) in Namadgi National Park, A.C.T. Birds mainly ate wheat bait, particularly during winter. Other animals occasionally fed on both types of bait, mainly during autumn and winter.

Covering baits with forest-floor litter did not significantly affect their discovery and consumption by pigs or by other animals. The proximity of the pigs to the bait line and their appetite for bait appeared to be the main factors
responsible for seasonal differences in bait consumption. Trail-baiting campaigns against pigs in similar hill country areas are likely to be more effective during late autumn than other seasons because more pigs are likely to be close to the trails then and more quickly find and eat greater quantities of bait.

Author McIlroy, J. C., Gifford, E. J. and Forrester, R. I.
Date null
Year 1993
Secondary title Wildlife Research
Volume 20
Pages 637-651
Notes Notes
Control method Baiting
Region ACT