Feral Animal Control
How can you help to protect your enviroment?
What is a feral animal?
The word ‘feral’ refers to a non-native domestic animal that has escaped from captivity (e.g. feral goat or feral cat). However, all introduced animals, including those that have not been domesticated or were released deliberately are referred to as feral. Feral animals that have been introduced to Australia include: wild rabbits, hares, foxes, wild pigs, deer, wild dogs, cats, brumbies, myna birds, camels, cane toads, pigeons, wild donkeys and water buffalos.
What impact are feral animals having on the environment?
Feral animals have caused extinctions of native species and dramatic changes to their habitat. Feral animals impact on native species by predation, competition for food and shelter, destroying habitat, and by spreading diseases. It is scientifically proven that feral animals spread the most diseases in the world. The rabbit and hare populate so fast that they can breed the population of Australia in less than five years.
Native V's Introduced
The unique flora and fauna of the Australian continent had evolved in isolation over millions of years. However, the last 200 years of European settlement has seen the introduction of over 130 species of introduced animal species.