Journal article

The sociogenetic structure of a controlled feral pig population

PBS Spencer, SJ Lapidge, JO Hampton, JR Pluske

WILDLIFE RESEARCH | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2005

Abstract

In Australia, the feral pig (Sus scrofa) is a significant vertebrate pest that has an impact on agricultural production, public health and ecosystem integrity. Although feral pigs are controlled throughout much of their range, little is known about the impact that these control programs have had on the social biology, structure and the dispersal of pigs. To begin to address this, we collected demographic data and genetic samples from 123 feral pigs culled during a regional aerial shooting program over 33 pastoral properties in the semi-arid rangelands of southern Queensland, Australia. Sampling was carried out after two years of extensive control efforts (aerial 1080-baiting) and the samples..

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