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.

Control methods

There are a number of control methods for feral animals. These methods include trapping, baiting, fencing and hiring professional shooters. The government creates sanctuaries throughout Australia to allow the population of endangered native animals to flourish without the risk of feral animals.

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.

Have you got a pet that can kill native species?

Lots of people have pets that are introduced to the country and don't even know about it. Some of these pets include rabbits, cats and pigeons. Cats for example if left to roam outside kill the native birds, lizards, mammals and spread diseases. Responsible cat owners will keep their cat inside or supervise their cat when left outside.