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Aboriginal rangers' perspectives on feral pigs: are they a pest or a resource?

Koichi, Kana, Sangha, Kamaljit K. (Kaur, Kamalijit), Cottrell, Alison and Gordon, Iain J. (2012). Aboriginal rangers' perspectives on feral pigs: are they a pest or a resource?<br />. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues,15(1):2-19.

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Title Aboriginal rangers' perspectives on feral pigs: are they a pest or a resource?
Author Koichi, Kana
Sangha, Kamaljit K. (Kaur, Kamalijit)
Cottrell, Alison
Gordon, Iain J.
Journal Name Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues
Publication Date 2012
Volume Number 15
Issue Number 1
ISSN 1440-5202   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 2
End Page 19
Total Pages 18
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues
Field of Research 300000 Agricultural, Veterinary and Environmental Sciences
Abstract Feral pigs (Sus scrofa) are a major vertebrate pest in Australia and have been commonly referred to as an environmental and agricultural pest. However, perceptions about pigs and their impacts may vary from person to person, particularly Aboriginal Australians, who have different cultural backgrounds and worldviews. Such variation in perceptions makes the pest status of pigs ambiguous. This paper illustrates Aboriginal rangers' perceptions of feral pigs and their impacts in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area of North Queensland, Australia. There were differences in the values of feral pigs among Aboriginal communities, depending on the socio-economic context. Different values attached to feral pigs pose a management challenge of how to treat pigs: as a resource or a pest.
 
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