If you love working in the night and camping out while hunting for savage cats, boars and snarling dogs, the feral animal industry might be for you. There are currently a few small businesses in Australia that dabbled on the feral animal industry. This task is quite heavy for the usual commercial pest control in Sydney because of the nature of work. Stephen Andrew used to be one of these feral animal hunters but he recently won the Mirani for One Nation during the election held in Queensland on November of the previous year.
Rob Gallina, the founder of Australian Feral Animal Control and Management Service, shared how it is in the industry where he has been a part of for two decades. He said that feral hunting is a good living but he does not recommend it because there are easier ways of earning money.
Gallina is currently living in Bowral which is in the southern highlands of New South Wales. For a good year, his small business is able to earn between $500,000 and $750,000. For peak seasons, he is hiring a maximum of 10 subcontractors especially in the spring and winter months.
His company is responsible in trapping and shooting different kinds of feral animals such as kangaroos, rabbits, cats, camels, dogs, donkeys, pigs, horses, deer and goats. They are employed by farmers all over New South Wales as well as those located in some parts of Victoria and Queensland.
One of their most recent missions was on a property with 8,000 hectares of land. They were tasked to control wild pigs and for three days they were able to slaughter 800 of them.
Gallina said that they could have spent weeks because people are clueless regarding the damage they cause and their uncontrolled population.
The cost of their service is different based on various factors such as the equipment, the number of days they have to stay and the location. For a control program requiring visits can range from $500 to $1,000 daily. This is a different industry from the commercial pest control in Sydney because of the type of feral animals they have to handle but their common denominator is that these animals are also considered pests by farmers.