Biosecurity Update

June 2020

Kylie Challen, Biosecurity Coordinator.

In the NSW South East, invasive species can be broken into two key components; those that are established and those that are exotic. When we talk about established pests we are talking about feral deer, feral pigs, rabbits, foxes, wild dogs and feral goats (for the complete list of priority pest species please see the South East Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plan).

Across the South East, Local Land Services’ biosecurity teams and community groups and Feral Fighters are busy undertaking baiting programs for wild dogs and foxes. This will assist in protecting agriculture, endangered species and native animal populations, as they (like us) try to recover from the recent bushfires.

I’m going to take this opportunity to remind land managers that managing pest animals is not just something for producers. We need all rural land managers (including absentee land managers) to be aware that you have a responsibility to manage pests on your property. We are here to provide advice and support to help you do this.

At Local Land Services, we continually amend our work procedures so that are in line with the latest Covid-19 requirements to appropriately mitigate any risks.

To find out more about the Feral Fighters program in your local area and how you can get involved, please contact your nearest Local Land Services office.

With regards to exotic species, the NSW Police recently seized non-native reptiles in the NSW South East region (see below for an example). It’s imperative that we all remain vigilant for animals that pose a risk. You can find out more about 'key new incursion species' via the DPI website.

Example of seized exotic invasive_2

Early detection is the key to managing the biosecurity threats non-native species pose on our native fauna/flora, our economy, industries and even human health. To report an unusual animal sighting (whether it be in captivity or out in the environment), take a photo (if possible) and report it to DPI by calling 1800 680 244 or using the on-line form from this web page.

Thank you for your on-going support.

*Note the original version of this story incorrectly described feral deer, feral pigs, rabbits, foxes, wild dogs and feral goats as endemic. It has been updated to correct this.

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