Packhorse wrote:You'd think they'd track it down and put it out of its misery.....rough alright.
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There are more than just this one pig in the same predicament.
Experiences I have had with Landcare, is they start projects and then they are abandoned for one reason or another. Back in the mid nineties when science actually had a small part in what was happening in our Forests we set up an experiment for them not far from Trains Hut in the Matemateonga's. The project was to run for 10 years and it had two near identical sites. One site was to be the control area where 1080 was used and the other was an area that had none. The object was to learn how quickly possums would recolonize poisoned areas.
Our job was to use boards to set up permanent trap sets in these areas so they could be used every year so little variation would be apparent in the results 'The possums had to be released so no trapping bias would appear in the result. 'Permission to release the possum, even though we had just caught him nearly required a act of Parliament' and is a story of its own.
After a couple of years Landcare decided if we wanted to keep the contract we had to lower our price 'We were on an hourly rate of 15 dollars and hour'. Or they would get some university students to do our job for less. We walked out and Landcare got their students. We were bushmen and the students were not. Even with GPS they only found a portion as of the sets, it was tiger country and many of the lines were not where Landcare had them marked on the map. So the project was abandoned and nothing was learnt despite a heap of money being spent.
Probably a similar disfunction has doomed these wild pigs to a hideous and lingering death.