Wild pig spotted in park
WHITSUNDAY Regional Council has confirmed a wild pig sighting in a suburban area around Sabel Blvd, Jubilee Pocket.
Concerns were initially raised when John Myers posted to the Whitsundays Noticeboard Facebook page that he'd seen a wild pig running around the park across from Sabel Blvd adding "it was big".
A council spokesperson said council had received the report and believed they may have found the area in which the pig was likely to be roaming.
"An area of Jubilee Pocket has been identified where (the pig) is likely to be circulating and council officers will place a trap and monitor the situation over the coming week," she said.
Council has advised a collaborative approach is taken when it comes to who is responsible for wild pigs, with council itself, National Parks and rural landholders all implicated depending on where a wild pig might appear.
Councillor Jan Clifford, whose division Jubilee Pocket falls in, said wild pigs weren't known to be common in the area reported.
"(But) wild pigs are a huge problem, they cause an immense amount of damage," she said.
"I haven't heard of them being in Jubiliee Pocket but we have set (non-lethal) traps.
"Jubilee Pocket in particular is surrounded by national parks - they (pigs) are quite endemic up in the forests.
"We have a pig management project which is overseen by our environment department."
Meanwhile the post has drawn some interesting feedback on social media.
"Was it pink and flys sometimes?" Gary Southgate wrote.
"Might find that it might be the same pig that digs up the park on the corner of Jubilee Pocket Road and Sanctuary Avenue every year," Michael Johnson said.
"Their home used to be in Sanctuary Ave area before it got built out - I used to walk my old dogs through the bush there 15 odd years ago, there were pig mud pits everywhere," Jo Swaine Rose added.
So what should you do if you spot a wild pig in your residential area?
Report all sightings to Council immediately - the more information council has the better. It helps council to monitor and track the whereabouts of the pig and then place traps to capture and remove it.
Whitsunday residents are reminded not to approach wild pigs as they can be dangerous
Residents should also ensure they keep their gates/yards shut to avoid a pig entering the yard.