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Feral animals are threatening our wildlife. Foxes, rabbits, domestic animals, even the family pet may prey on our wildlife or compete for food.

There are some 20 introduced mammals and two birds considered pests under the Catchment and Land Protection (CALP) Act 1994 that have caused both environmental and economic damage. These include rabbits, foxes, cats, mice, deer and sparrows.

The absence of natural predators and our temperate climate has enabled these animals to thrive in a wide range of environments. They may dominate a site and displace many plants and animals naturally found there contributing to a severe decline in biodiversity.
 Under the Catchment and Land Protection (CALP) Act landowners are responsible for controlling pest animals on their property. As with noxious weeds, penalties can occur if control works are not carried out
 There are a range of vermin control techniques available. However, not all of them will be suitable for your situation, make sure you study your options carefully before decising which is right for you
 Remember help is always available. For advice on the control of vermin, contact the Department of Primary Industries on 136 186 or go to their website

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