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Pig Trapping

Feral pigs (Sus scrofa) are a common pest animal species in both rural and urban areas across Cape York Peninsula. To assist landholders in the management of feral pigs that may be damaging lawns, gardens, fences etc., Council operates a pig trap loan program around Cooktown environs.

In order to obtain a trap it is necessary to both register your interest with Council and complete a Pig Trap Loan Agreement form. In some circumstances Biosecurity staff will deliver/remove the trap and where necessary euthanase and dispose of any captured animals. Day to day maintenance of the trap, such as ensuring the trap is supplied with bait, is the responsibility of the landholder.

It is a condition of loan that details relating to any animals trapped are documented on a Capture Record form provided by Council. Should no information be received for a period of time it will be assumed that the trap is currently unproductive. In such cases the trap will be removed as soon as additional requests are received.

Please note that during the dry season pig traps are in high demand. To ensure that this demand is met and that the traps are operating at maximum efficiency in terms of pigs removed from the environment, traps need to be constantly rotated with the result that loans may be for short periods (i.e. two to three weeks) only.

If you wish to participate in the pig trap loan program please contact Council's Biosecurity Services team on (07) 4069 5444 or us.

ABN: 45 425 085 688

10 Furneaux Street Cooktown, Qld 4895

Mail: PO Box 3 Cooktown, Qld 4895


Phone: (07) 4069 5444

Fax: (07) 4082 0588