Feral animals are a significant problem to Australia’s agriculture industry and cost the community up to $720 million annually.
Pest animal impacts can be wide ranging, with serious damage affecting agricultural and livestock industries, populations of native plants and animals, and ecological (or habitat) function.
Feral animals have few or no natural predators and successfully flourish in Australia, out-competing native species for food and shelter. Many feral animals are a declared pest and have contributed to the dramatic decline in native species populations, even extinction.
In Australia, most feral animals were brought in deliberately and include the European rabbit, European red fox and the cane toad. The main feral animals of concern in the Campbelltown area are foxes, rabbits, wild cats, and common mynas.
Council is currently reviewing its Pest Animal Strategy to ensure that pest animals impacts into the future are. The plan recognises that the following species are pest animals within the Campbelltown area are: Indian Myna Birds, Rabbits, Foxes and Wild Cats.
To inform the development of a revised Pest Animal Strategy for Campbelltown, Council is encouraging residents to report feral animal sightings within the Campbelltown local government area to Council. We are seeking information on foxes, rabbits, wild dogs, goats and deer.
To report sightings in your local area you can visit the FeralScan website and register to record your sighting or download the FeralScan App for your smartphone.
The data required for each report includes the species, number, location, date, time and any impacts observed.
For further information or to report sightings directly email Council’s Environment Unit or call us on 02 4645 4601.