Pest/ Feral Animals
All landholders are responsible for the control of declared pest animals on their property under the Biosecurity Act 2014 (PDF).
Council is authorised under this legislation to conduct a range of trapping and targeted poison baiting programs throughout the Shire, consistent with its Pest Management Plan [250KB] for the control of:
- Wild dogs
- Cat (feral)
- European Fox
- Red deer (feral)
- Rusa deer (feral)
- Indian or common myna birds
- Feral pigs
These animals are a major concern for landholders particularly in rural areas where attacks on livestock can have a significant economic impact on farming enterprises. Wild dogs also attack koalas and other native wildlife. They prey on domestic pests and transmit diseases and parasites. There is also growing concern within the community about the risk of wild dog attacks on people, particularly children.
Council coordinates a local community operated wild dog control (1080 baiting) program to reduce the impact of wild dogs in the Shire. Baiting is undertaken several times throughout the year and targets areas of high wild dog activity and specific times in their breeding cycle. Only authorised persons are able to supply baits prepared with 1080 to landowners for the control of declared pest animals. The pesticide 1080 cannot be sold to general public. It is a highly toxic compound subject to strict regulation by Queensland Health.
These animals carry parasites that are particularly harmful to marsupials and can cause blindness, respiratory disorders, paralysis, and loss of offspring. Feral cats also prey on small mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs and fish. They compete for prey with native species and transmit disease to domestic cats.
Responsible Pet Ownership
Uncontrolled domestic dogs and cats have the ability to harass, maim and kill native animals and livestock. They put added pressure on wildlife populations that are already suffering from habitat loss and the effects of road networks and traffic. Domestic dogs and cats should not be allowed to roam, either day or night.
These animals are considered the greatest threat to the long-term survival of many small marsupials, and have a significant impact sheep and goat farming, as well as nesting marine turtles and ground nesting birds.
The predation of native wildlife by foxes and feral cats is a major threat to biodiversity.
Populations of feral deer are becoming established within the Noosa Shire. They compete with native species for food and other resources and can cause significant damage to agricultural crops and fencing. Feral deer also degrade natural areas by damaging native vegetation, cause erosion in areas of intense activity and foul water. They can also be a serious traffic hazard to motorists on highways and rural roads.
Indian Myna Birds
Populations of Indian Myna birds are also becoming established within the Noosa Shire. These birds can compete aggressively for tree hollows with native wildlife such as possums and gliders and can reduce the breeding success of some native parrot species. They can kill eggs, chicks and small mammals, and can have impacts on human health during nesting periods.