Restricted Invasive Animals

Pest animals pose a major economic, environmental and social threat to our region.  The main animals of concern are dingo/feral dogs, feral pigs, foxes, rabbits, deer and feral cats all are restricted invasive animals under State Legislation.  Under the Biosecurity Act 2014, the responsibility for control of feral animals rests with the landholder.  The Biosecurity Act requires everyone to take all reasonable and practical steps to minimise the risks associated with invasive plants and animals under their control.  This is called a General Biosecurity Obligation (GBO).

Council, however can offer assistance to any landholders experiencing problems with feral animals through the provision of baiting, trap hire and providing advice on the most effective control options available to landholders.

Council has strategies for the control of pest animals in the Burdekin Shire.  Please see the Council’s Biosecurity Plan 2016-2019 for more information on the management strategies for declared pest animals in the Burdekin.

Dingoes/ Wild dogs

The term wild dog refers collectively to pure bred dingoes, dingo hybrids and domestic dogs that have escaped or been deliberately released.

Dingoes and wild dogs are restricted invasive animals, under the Biosecurity Act 2014.  Therefore it is illegal to move, keep, feed, sold, given away or released into the environment without a permit.  It is the obligation of the landholder to control wild dogs on their land.  A wild dog bounty is available for wild dogs destroyed within the Burdekin Shire Council area.  Conditions apply – contact Customer Service for more details.  Council Pest Management Officers also conduct individual 1080 baiting for landholders and also conducts a co-ordinated 1080 wild dog baiting program in late September/early October every year with bordering shires.  The Biosecurity Act requires everyone to take all reasonable and practical steps to minimise the risks associated with invasive plants and animals under their control.  This is called a General Biosecurity Obligation (GBO).

For further information on dingoes and wild dogs, visit the Biosecurity Queensland website.

Feral Pigs

Feral pigs are a restricted invasive animal under the Biosecurity Act 2014 and a high priority for control under Council’s Biosecurity Plan 2016-2019.   The feral pig must not be moved, fed, sold, given away, kept or released into the environment without a permit.  Strategic actions in the Pest Management Plan to contain feral pigs include trapping, shooting and baiting.  Council has feral pig traps to lend out to landholders facing problem feral pigs and also has a 1080 service for those landholders who meet the Biosecurity guidelines in regarding to baiting.  Please call Council on 4783 9800 for more information.  The Biosecurity Act requires everyone to take all reasonable and practical steps to minimise the risks associated with invasive plants and animals under their control.  This is called a General Biosecurity Obligation (GBO).

For further information on feral pigs, visit the Biosecurity Queensland website.

Feral Deer

Locally Chital deer occur on Rita Island and other places within the shire. The deer at Rita Island impact on cane crops in the early growth stages and cause friction between farmers and graziers as they sometimes harbour in the grazing areas during the day. These animals cause major damage to environmental areas and in particular native trees as they habitually rub their hard, sharp antlers on the bark and trunks of saplings and trees. Because of the attractiveness of these animals there are also mixed feelings in the community regarding control options.

Chital deer are a restricted invasive animal under the Biosecurity Act 2014.  Council has identified chital deer as a high priority in Council’s Pest Management Plan 2016-2019 and is currently developing a strategy to address this pest animal.  The Biosecurity Act requires everyone to take all reasonable and practical steps to minimise the risks associated with invasive plants and animals under their control.  This is called a General Biosecurity Obligation (GBO).

Rabbits

European rabbits are a restricted invasive animal under the Biosecurity Act 2014 and a medium priority for control under Council’s Pest Management Plan 2016-2019.  Therefore it is illegal to introduce, keep, sell, move, feed, give away or release into the environment without a permit.  Rabbits are not permitted to be kept by residents in Queensland.  Certain organisations are permitted to keep rabbits, but this is regulated by Biosecurity Queensland.

For further information on rabbits, visit the Biosecurity Queensland website.  The Biosecurity Act requires everyone to take all reasonable and practical steps to minimise the risks associated with invasive plants and animals under their control.  This is called a General Biosecurity Obligation (GBO).

Foxes

Foxes are located in some parts of our region and can cause losses to poultry and small domestic animals.  They also pose a major threat to nesting sea turtles in coastal areas. Control of foxes can be achieved by shooting, trapping, exclusion fencing, fumigation or poisoning.  Foxes must not be moved, fed, sold, given away, kept or released into the environment without a permit.  The Biosecurity Act requires everyone to take all reasonable and practical steps to minimise the risks associated with invasive plants and animals under their control.  This is called a General Biosecurity Obligation (GBO).

Restricted Noxious Fish

There are a number of species of fish in Burdekin’s waterways that compete with native fish for resources and threaten the natural ecosystem of our rivers.

One of the worst offenders is tilapia and it classed as a restricted noxious fish in Queensland.

For further information on pest fish species, visit the Biosecurity Queensland website. The Biosecurity Act requires everyone to take all reasonable and practical steps to minimise the risks associated with invasive plants and animals under their control.  This is called a General Biosecurity Obligation (GBO).

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