One of the region’s landcare group leaders says “the sort of people you don’t want to mess with” are deliberately breeding pigs to release into the wild for hunting. Lower Blackwood Land Conservation District Committee chief Tim Crimp said the rise of feral pigs in inland communities around Scott River was down to people keen on hunting breeding domesticated pigs to release into the wild. He said most pigs encountered by landcare experts were not true feral pigs. WA Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan decried the activities of those interested only in “blood sport” as undermining conservation efforts. “I have made a request for a parliamentary committee to investigate the issue of feral pig seeding in WA,” the Minister told the Times. “It is becoming a growing concern in the South West land division, with increasing anecdotal reports that hunters are breeding and releasing feral pigs for sport. “The practice of feral pig seeding is a major biosecurity risk and counteracts the good work being undertaken by regional biosecurity groups and natural resource management groups to curb the damaging effects of feral pigs on our natural environment and farmland.” Ms MacTiernan said the Capes region received the most conservation funding in WA per capita. However, the rise in feral pig numbers was also a major factor affecting agriculture efforts, including products set for export, she said. She understood the “reseeding” of the feral pig population was an ongoing problem needing greater management. Mr Crimp said land owners working with the LCDC had had traps interfered with by other people. “There’s also people deliberately breeding them up to release in the State forest,” he said. “And they are not the sort of people you want to mess with.” About 400 pigs have been dealt with under the landcare program so far.