Aboriginal rangers' perspectives on feral pigs: are they a pest or a resource? A case study in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area of Northern Queensland
Koichi, Kana, Kaur, Kamaljit, Cottrell, Alison, and Gordon, Iain (2012) Aboriginal rangers' perspectives on feral pigs: are they a pest or a resource? A case study in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area of Northern Queensland. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 15 (1). pp. 2-19.
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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.
|Item Type:||Article (Refereed Research - C1)|
|Date Deposited:||28 Aug 2012 03:17|
|FoR Codes:||16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160403 Social and Cultural Geography @ 100%|
|SEO Codes:||96 ENVIRONMENT > 9604 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species > 960404 Control of Animal Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Forest and Woodlands Environments @ 100%|