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

  • Camels (Camelus dromedarius) were first imported to Australia in the 1840s as a beast of burden for exploration and development in arid areas.

  • This animal pest alert provides information on the identification, biology, and pest potential of the ferret in Australia.

  • This animal pest alert provides information on the identification, biology, and pest potential of the Pacific rat in Australia.

  • This article provides information about rabbit warren and harbourage destruction.

  • Foxes can cause significant losses to some agricultural producers. They also prey on many native animals. The best option is to control foxes before they become a problem.

  • This article provides information about the identification, biology and impact of the northern palm squirrel for Western Australia.

  • Feral pigs are declared pests in Western Australia. This article provides information on controlling feral pigs by trapping.

  • Big improvements in wild dog management and agricultural pest animal control resulted from Royalties for Regions funds allocated in 2010 and 2011.

  • Persons in built up areas or special rural zones planning to trap declared vertebrate pests, using means other than cage traps, must apply for a permit from the Department of Agriculture and Food,

  • This animal pest alert provides information on the identification, biology, and pest potential of the rusa deer in Australia.