Feral herbivore control at Pungalina-Seven Emu

Feral herbivore control at Pungalina-Seven Emu

Feral horses, cattle, donkeys and pigs (and the occasional buffalo) are the major feral herbivores on Pungalina-Seven Emu. 

AWC is taking action to reduce the density of these feral herbivores through a program of mustering and shooting, combined with trapping of pigs.

In 2017, AWC removed over 850 large feral herbivores (horses, buffalo, cattle and pigs).

In 2018 AWC finished the construction of a fence along the coast and up into the escarpment, establishing an 80,000 hectare area that is free of large feral herbivores (cattle, horses, donkeys): this is the only feral herbivore-free section of the coastline in the Gulf of Carpentaria. It represents a major conservation outcome for the region and promises to deliver significant ecological returns for small mammals, sea turtles and other coastal wildlife, particularly those species which rely on the hundreds of square kilometres of interconnected coastal wetlands.