Feral pigs, foxes, cats, camels, donkeys, dogs and goats are in the sights of a West Australian MP who wants the state government to consider opening up public land to hunters.
Shooters and Fishers MP Rick Mazza has asked state parliament to consider bringing in "conservation hunting" to WA, in bid to boost the economy while eradicating notorious pests.
"WA is about four times the size of Texas, and has many large vertebrate pests, such as donkeys, feral camels, goats, pigs, wild dogs ... which can be very destructive, along with the usual suspects of foxes and cats," Mr Mazza said on Thursday.
"I appreciate that hunting can be controversial, but in reality conservation hunters have done a considerable amount to save Australia's endangered species."
In Victoria, a person can currently hunt a variety of game species under a state licence system, including quails, duck, teal, deer, rabbit and foxes.
The Northern Territory allows the hunting of feral pigs and waterfowl under a permit system, while in NSW hunting of deer is allowed during a declared open season, and other classified game animals can be taken on private land with landholder permission.
Mr Mazza argues the cost of managing feral animals in WA means allowing hunting makes commercial sense to the state.
"The commercial cost to remove wild dogs is $5000 a head. It is $500 a head for wild deer, $300 a head for feral pigs, $100 a head for feral foxes, goats and cats, and $10 a head for rabbits," Mr Mazza said.
"I would like to see the community being part of a solution of feral animal control, we would like to see a regulated, controlled method of licensing hunters."
Mr Mazza's request that the Legislative Council's environment committee look into the possible benefits of licensed hunting in the state was adjourned.