Feral Animals in Australia
Since European colonisation of Australia in 1788, there have been numerous accidental and deliberate introductions of exotic animals to our country.
These animals are not native to Australia and many have become significant pests, causing damage to agricultural production; spreading disease; causing land degradation; and decimating our own native plants and wildlife.
In a number of cases, feral animals have been directly responsible for the extinction of certain native species.
A few commonly known feral animals are the European Wild Rabbit, European Red Fox, Cats, Feral Pigs, Feral Goats, Deer, Cane Toads and the Indian Myna.
A good source of information on feral species of national significance can be found at www.feral.org.au.
Feral animals in North Sydney
In North Sydney, the impact of feral animals on our bushland biodiversity is further exacerbated by the small size and highly fragmented condition of our remnant bushland reserve system. Native wildlife in North Sydney already faces considerable pressure from an overall lack of suitable habitat (i.e. old tree hollows, dense shrubby vegetation etc); the disconnection of bushland areas; the clearing of bushland behind houses; domestic pets; off-leash dogs in bushland; and the trend toward smaller domestic gardens surrounding larger homes.
Council has joined with local community volunteers to address the threats posed by feral animals through a combination of both active and passive management approaches. Follow the links below to find out more: