Pest animal control
We undertake a biannual pest animal control program in bushland and coastal nature reserves. The program targets introduced pest species that present a risk to Australian native animals and plants. Through predation and competition for food, the presence of feral animals can result in significant impacts on the ecosystem. Pest animals can also cause production and financial losses for the agricultural industry.
Which pest animal species are targeted?
Foxes, feral cats and rabbits are targeted for control in the majority of our nature reserves. Regular programs are undertaken with the aim of reducing the population and the overall impact of these animals.
How are the program’s methodologies selected?
Pest animal control is done in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act 2002 and the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007. The methods used by us are target-specific, humane and approved by Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. Special considerations are made for the safety of the general public and domestic pets while the program is carried out. Only feral animals, not domestic pets, are targeted by this program.
Who undertakes the control?
We use contractors licensed by WA Department of Health who are qualified and experienced in all aspects of the control program.
Responsible pet owners are key to the success of this program. Domestic animals can still disturb or prey on vulnerable native animals. You can assist by:
- sterilising and microchipping pets
- keeping dogs on a leash in public unless in an off-leash area
- preventing cats from roaming. Bring them in at night and consider installing a cat run on your property
- speak with your vet about vaccinating your rabbit and insect-proofing hutches.