Pest animals

Land users are responsible for managing pest animals on their land. Information on the identification and management of pest animals is provided below, along with the Council services that support Gympie residents in the management of pest animals.

What is a pest animal?

Pest animals, also called restricted invasive animals, are widespread in Queensland, and affect primary industries, the natural environment, livestock, human health and people's livelihoods.

Pest animals that are declared under the Biosecurity Act 2014 include:

Council can provide advice to land users managing pest animals. Call 1300 307 800 if you need help.

Pest animal Management Services

Trap Loan

Residents can loan a cage trap for wild dogs, feral cats, foxes, Indian Myna's and rabbits.  Council also has pen traps available for the control of feral pigs. 

  • To determine if cage trapping is appropriate for your needs:

    Consider the information supplied here by - PestSmart

    (trapping of wild dogs using cage traps (DOF002) Standard operating procedure)

    You will need to have access to a licenced firearm holder to provide humane euthanasia for the ENTIRE trapping program.

    Please contact Council on 1300 307 800 to submit a trap loan request.

  • to determine if cage trapping is appropriate for your needs:

    Consider the information supplied here by -  PestSmart

    (trapping of feral cats using cage traps (CAT002) standard operating procedure)

    Trapped cats can be taken to Gympie’s RSPCA to check for microchip and rehoming possibilities – call RSPCA on 5482 9407 to check opening hours so trapping is only performed on the days the RSPCA will be open, if this is your chosen method of dealing with the cat.

    Alternatively, you will need to have access to a licenced firearm holder to provide humane euthanasia for the ENTIRE trapping program.

    Please contact Council on 1300 307 800 to submit a trap loan request.

  • To determine if cage trapping is appropriate for your needs:

    Consider the information supplied here by -  PestSmart

    (Trapping of Foxes using cage traps (FOX006) Standard operating procedure)

    You will need to have access to a licenced firearm holder to provide humane euthanasia for the ENTIRE trapping program. In some circumstances Council may be able to help with euthanasia; this needs to be pre-arranged with a Lands Protection Officer.

    Please contact Council on 1300 307 800 to submit a trap loan request.

  • Some introduced bird species, such as the common or Indian myna, threaten biodiversity and compete with native species. Indian myna’s cause damage to fruit and grain crops and commensal roosting and nesting habits creates aesthetic and human health concerns. They also aggressively compete with native species for nest hollows.

    To determine if cage trapping is appropriate for your needs:

    Consider the information supplied here by -  PestSmart

    (Trapping of pest birds (BIR002) Standard Operating Procedure)

    If you are able to deliver trapped Indian myna’s to Gympie, Council can assist in euthanasia. If not, you will be responsible for humanely euthanasing trapped birds, as per the BIR002 procedure.

  • Feral pigs cause agricultural damage through preying on newborn lambs, reducing crop yields, damaging fences and water sources, and competing with stock for feed by consuming or damaging pasture.

    To determine if cage trapping is appropriate for your needs.  You will need to have access to a licenced firearm holder to provide humane euthanasia for the ENTIRE trapping program.

    Consider the information provided here by -  PestSmart

    (Trapping of feral pigs (PIG001) Standard operating procedure)

    Please contact Council on 1300 307 800 to submit a trap loan request.

  • To determine if cage trapping is appropriate for your needs. Note that Council loans cage traps, but the procedure remains the same.

    Consider the information provided here by -  PestSmart

    (Trapping using soft net traps (GEN003) Standard Operating procedure)

    You will need to have access to a licenced firearm holder to provide humane euthanasia for the ENTIRE trapping program, or an alternative humane euthanasia method, as per procedure GEN003. If you are able to deliver the trapped rabbit to Gympie, Council can assist with euthanasia.

    Please contact Council on 1300 307 800 to submit a trap loan request.

    You may also be interested in rabbit biocontrol – RHDV (below).

Wild dog and feral pig bounty claim

Council has a ‘bounty program’ to help landholders and pest controllers with management of these pest species, within the Gympie region.

1080 Baiting

Council has a twice yearly 1080 baiting program for the control of wild dogs, foxes and feral pigs. It is available at other times by appointment.

Please call 1300 307 800 to find out if you are eligible for this service.

Please read the procedure for ground baiting with 1080 for the invasive species you wish to control, listed below, and consider the information contained within to determine if 1080 baiting is appropriate for your needs.    

Other Controls

Pest animal management

Taking a proactive approach to pest animal control is generally much better than waiting for problems to occur.

  • Deciding on a pest management strategy early allows you to plan your activities and allocate a budget for dealing with your pest animal problems. Click here for more information from the Business Queensland website. 

  • Integrated pest management recognises that in many situations, effective, long-term control of pest animals is best achieved by combining several complementary control methods.  https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/farms-fishing-forestry/agriculture/land-management/health-pests-weeds-diseases/pests/controlling/methods

    Complementary control methods include:

    • chemical control - using pesticides and insecticides to control pest animals (baiting)
    • physical control - using mechanical tools, equipment and machinery to capture, exclude or destroy pest animals, including trapping, shooting, harbour destruction and fencing.
    • biological control - using animal-specific diseases to control pest animal populations (including RHDV) or protecting livestock with guardian animals.

Gympie region biosecurity plan

The Gympie Region Biosecurity Plan provides a guide for invasive species management in the region.   It supports the Queensland Biosecurity Act 2014 by promoting a coordinated approach to the management of invasive plants and animals. This plan is based on the idea that biosecurity in the Gympie region is everyone’s responsibility, and we will achieve the best outcomes if we all work together. Click here to view the plan.

  • Council has a region wide biosecurity surveillance program for declared plant and animal species assessed as posing a high biosecurity risk (HBR) to the Gympie region.

    The managers of land that contain HBR declared species will be requested to take action to reduce the risk of these pest species spreading and causing impacts to other properties.

    Contact Council to report the presence of declared plants and animals that are affecting your land or activities. For the full details on the surveliance program click here.

  • The Biosecurity Act 2014 provides biosecurity measures to safeguard our economy, agricultural and tourism industries, environment and way of life, from:

    • pests (e.g. wild dogs and weeds)
    • diseases (e.g. foot-and-mouth disease)
    • contaminants (e.g. lead on grazing land).

    Your general biosecurity obligation is explained here.

    For more info on this legislation visit here.

Useful resources

  • Fact sheets have been produced by Biosecurity Queensland for invasive plants and animals, and contain helpful information about identifying, and ways of managing or controlling pest plants and animals.

    Head to this link for more info: https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/business-priorities/biosecurity/invasive-plants-animals/fact-sheets

  • PestSmart provides best practice information on how to plan, manage and improve pest animal control programs in Australia. Popular info include the wild dog, feral pig, fox and rabbit management tool kits. 

    https://www.pestsmart.org.au/

  • Record pest animal activity in your local area to protect farms, biodiversity and communities. Use the information and tools to develop an integrated pest management plan. 

     

    https://www.feralscan.org.au/

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