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 Injured wildlife
Colac Otway Shire is fortunate to have a number of rare native animals within our municipality. Sadly some native animal populations such as the Long Nosed Bandicoot, Spot Tailed Quoll, Swamp Antechinus, Common Bent-winged Bat, Corangamite Water Skink, Rufous Bristlebird and the New Holland Mouse are listed as vulnerable and appear to be headed for extinction.

There are also many other bird, fish, invertebrate and plant species which are listed as vulnerable or endangered. Some of the areas which provide habitat for these plants and animals are included under the Environmental Overlays in the Planning Scheme with the intent that the significance of the sites be taken into account when Planning decisions are made. These sites are also afforded protection under the Federal Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and our State Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988.
Protecting native animals

Please don't feed our native friends

Many people enjoy seeing wildlife close at hand and it may be tempting to encourage wildlife by feeding them. Unfortunately we may be killing these animals with kindness, handouts can upset dietary balance, decrease foraging abilities and even upset natural habitat. While some of our native wildlife such as brushtail possums have adapted to urban conditions, most remain very dependent on native vegetation for habitat.

Maintaining dead or hollowed trees

Tree hollows are an essential resource, only occuring in mature trees. Some wildlife that need tree hollows for habitat include bats, cockatoos, parrots, gliders, possums, kookaburras and owls. Understorey and ground cover plants also provide food and shelter. Look out for old or dead trees on your property or road reserves. These trees should be retained where it is safe to do so as they may continue to provide habitat. Where there are no natural hollows, nest boxes may be substituted.

Nuisance wildlife

Wildlife can be a nuisance, such as Kookaburras having a dispute with their reflection in your window, to possums dancing in your roof, or dive bombing magpies. Destroying native animals rarely solves a problem, it is also prohibited so look for long term solutions by talking to the experts.

While the cat's away...

Some pets are incompatible with wildlife. Cats are wonderful companions, but they are also natural born hunters. Cats will kill birds, reptiles and small mammals. For the protection of the native wildlife around your home, lock up or contain your pets at night. Consider attaching a bell to your catís collar to warn wildlife that a threat is nearby. Native animals use bushland remnants in urban and rural areas for habitat. Consider retaining or creating corridors of native vegetation so that wildlife can migrate safely and increase their territory. Colac Otway Shire supports the Land for Wildlife Program (DPI) and Trust for Nature Conservation Covenants (TFN). See Native Vegetation Enhancement for more information on these programs.

For further information on these programs or on native animals call Anneke Segrave on 03 5232 9512 or send an email

Other useful information can be found on the following websites: Department of Land, Water & Planning or Parks Victoria

Ringtail Possum


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