25 Jun 2013

Wild pigs a worry for Raglan farmers

6:27 am on 25 June 2013

The release of wild pigs by hunters near Raglan in Waikato has farmers concerned about the risk of the pigs spreading bovine tuberculosis.

The Department of Conservation says farmers near Mount Karioi have been reporting an influx of pigs in an area where huge efforts have been made to eradicate TB in cattle herds.

Diodiversity threats programme manager Dion Patterson said the pigs are in large numbers and could compromise efforts already made by DoC to eradicate other pests such as cattle and possum.

Mr Patterson said DoC will begin surveillance work to gauge pig numbers on the mountain and work with recreational hunters to try to cull the pigs.