Wild pigs hamper TB control plans

Last updated 13:17 18/12/2013
A wild pig.
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CONTROL FEARS: A wild pig.

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Reports of wild pigs being illegally released in areas of the Waikato is jeopardising efforts to control bovine tuberculosis, says TBfree New Zealand.

A small number of hunters release pigs to establish populations in pig-free areas for them to hunt.

TBfree New Zealand Northern North Island programme manager Brent Webster said they had received unsubstantiated information that hunters were releasing pigs in bush areas on the south western coast.

"It is disappointing to hear of these reports, considering the effort we put into educating the public about the risks of dumping pig carcasses and illegally releasing wild animals into areas that are free of the disease," Mr Webster said.

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