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

  • 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

  • Feral pigs are the descendants of domestic pigs, which were first brought to Australia by early European colonists.

  • 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.

  • Recommendations from a review of the declared pests of Western Australia came into effect on 17 November 2017.

  • Wild dogs (including dingoes, feral/escaped domestic dogs and their hybrids) cause stock losses and prey on native wildlife.

  • Reducing feral pig impacts through the use of aerially deployed thermal sensors and habitat modelling research project was one of ten successful applications to receive funding from the Boosting Bi

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, together with Recognised Biosecurity Groups and other community groups, is seeking landholder views on controlling wild rabbits and fe

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

  • This article provides information on the red fox in Western Australia (WA).