Australia Gun Culture Part 8: Brucellosis Risk for Pig Hunters and Dogs

By Dean Weingarten

Feral Pigs
Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- Feral pigs in Australia are a serious pest. They destroy habitat and native species, and inflict large amounts of damage on crops. They are a favorite target of local hunters who shoot them as often as they can.

Few people in the area near Quirindi (200 miles NW of Sydney), eat the wild pigs that are shot. I was puzzled by this, as meat prices are high, and the wild pork that I have eaten in California and Texas was excellent.

One of the reasons for a lack of consumption is the feral pig population is a reservoir of brucellosis suis, which can be transmitted to dogs and humans.

Gunnedah, NSW, is about 50 miles from Quirindi.  The veterinarian, Tina Clifton, is urging care by the Gunnedah community following two confirmed cases of Brucellosis in dogs in the area.  Brucellosis suis is the variety of Brucellocis found in pigs.

The Brucellosis suis (pig brucellocis) is not a threat to the area cattle. There is a feed lot within two miles of where I am writing that produces 55,000 head of cattle a year, with a capacity of 20,000 at a time.

Feral Pig

Pig hunters use many different methods in NSW. Nothing seems outlawed, but the use of semi-auto firearms requires a special license. My hosts used to hunt wild pigs from a helicopter with semi-auto rifles, shooting as many as 120 a day.

Helicopter hunting now requires a special license for both the pilot and the shooter. The farm helicopter was sold years ago. Shooting at night with spotlights is common, as is the use of dogs. Non-firearms license holders can legally shoot pigs if accompanied by a licensed gun owner.

The NSW government gives helpful advise on how to avoid exposure to brucellosis.

From nsw.gov.au:

Feral pig hunting is the number one risk for catching brucellosis in NSW.

Farmers and others who shoot or trap feral pigs are also at high risk of infection.

Pig hunting dogs are also at high risk, and can potentially pass on the infection to other dogs and humans.

You can protect yourself, your family and dogs from brucellosis and other diseases that animals may carry by following these steps:

Farm dogs are at risk of brucellosis from wild pigs because they may find and feed on wild pig carcasses. In spite of the risks, cases of brucellosis appear to be rare. The finding of brucellosis in the two dogs mentioned above, was rare enough to make the news.

The feral pig problem in Australia is expected to become worse. From theland.com.au:

Mr Wishart said feral pigs were appearing in other states where they weren’t before.

“They’re increasing in range and density. We’re now hearing about them in the north of South Australia and in central Victoria were they weren’t previously.”

Australian feral pigs are probably the easiest big game to hunt in Australia. They are numerous, and people hunt them at all times of the year. If you can make contact with people organizing a pig hunt, there is a good chance for an invitation.

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About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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willford
willford
4 years ago

With all the aussie stupidity on GUN control an other things the can rest assured their problems are just beginning. TO LATE, IT is already started.

Wendy Weinbaum
Wendy Weinbaum
4 years ago

As a Jewess in the US, I can only state that wild animals and criminals are stopped by FIREARMS, not by sweet talk. And remember that the West wasn’t won with a registered gun! Thank is why all REAL Americans now put our 2nd Amendment FIRST!!

Colonialgirl
Colonialgirl
4 years ago

Sounds like greedy idiotic government stupidity reigns supreme in Australia; Special license to hunt from a helicopter for both hunter and pilot; the hunting with semi-automatic firearms REQUIRES a special license.
Never mind ALL the damage these pigs do to the environment, the disease they spread and how rapidly they are expanding and migrating.
This IS the IDIOCY you get with a SOCIALIST anti-gun government.

JorgeNorberto Pedace
JorgeNorberto Pedace
4 years ago

UNO DE LOS PROBLEMAS QUE EXISTEN CUANDO SE CAZA AL JABALÍ,ES DAR DEBIDA CUENTA AL EVISE
RARLOS DE DESHACERSE DEL CONTENIDO INTERNO DEL ANIMAL AL LIMPIARLO,ES IMPORTANTE NO DE
JAR VISERAS O CUALQUIER CONTENIDO INTERNO DEL ANIMAL,QUE PUEDA SER INGERIDO LUEGO DE
VARIAS HORAS DE ESTAR EXPUESTO AL AIRE LIBRE,YA QUE ESTOS DESHECHOS PUEDEN SER INGERIDOS POR OTROS ANIMALES,Y ASÍ EXTENDER LA ENFERMEDAD.UNA DE LAS FORMAS ES QUEMARLOS,OTRA ES ENTERRARLOS CON UN POCO DE CAL VIVA,DE ESA MANERA,NOS ASEGURAREMOS,DE NO TENER ZOONOSIS

Hammer
Hammer
4 years ago

Farma!!

joe martin
joe martin
4 years ago

We have a huge wild pig problem in this country and in Texas you can hunt them with just about anything, including full auto weapons, from helicopters and even air balloons. You can hunt with thermal imaging scopes at night and with silencers, yet the pigs are still increasing. With all the restrictions on who, what and how you can hunt wild pigs in Australia along with the lack of available firearms it will soon be a major problem and the wild pigs could wind up in more populated area destroying those area and spreading disease. The people who ban… Read more »