Pest mammals

Many pest mammals in Western Australia are stock animals that have become established as feral populations and now cause damage and problems for landholders and land managers. Others are native species that occasionally cause problems. Damage includes:

•    damage to crops and native vegetation
•    competition with livestock and native animals for pasture and food
•    erosion
•    polluted water
•    broken fences
•    disease transmission.

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia manages pests in Western Australia through policy development, risk assessment, research and development, provision of technical advice and information, implementation of regulation, emergency response, property inspections, industry liaison, and the planning and coordination of significant species control/eradication programs.

For advice on pest mammals, or import and keeping requirements, please search our website, the Department of Parks and Wildlife website or contact our Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS).

Articles

  • There are two toxins available for controlling pest rabbits in Western Australia: 1080 and pindone.

  • Most bait products registered for use on wild dogs in WA use sodium fluoroacetate (1080) as their active ingredient. Landholders have certain obligations under the code of practice for the safe use

  • Under the BAM Act, landholders - landowners and occupiers - are responsible for the control of foxes, wild dogs, feral pigs, rabbits and emus on their properties.

  • This article gives instructions for using poison baits and outlines other ways of maximising the number of baits taken by foxes.

  • Landholders planning to grow broadacre, horticulture or tree crops or to preserve native vegetation need to control rabbits first. This article provides information about options for rabbit control

  • This article provides information on control options for rabbits in urban and semi-urban areas in Western Australia.

  • This page provides instructions on how to lay rabbit baits when using a towed disc drive.

  • This article provides information on using bait stations for rabbit control.

  • This article provides information on using fumigation for rabbit control.