Foxes and cats are caught at night using traps and the animals are then removed from reserves. If fox dens are located, they are destroyed where possible to prevent other foxes from moving in.
Rabbits are managed using virus releases, including Rabbit haemorrhagic Disease, Calici virus and strains of Myxomatosis. Rabbit warrens are located and mapped and the warrens are destroyed. Pindone baits are not used in many of the City of Melvilles reserves due to the presence of Quenda or Southern Brown Bandicoots.
The control of rabbits needs to be undertaken at the same time as fox and cat removals to prevent them from preying on native animals when their rabbit food source is reduced.
Feral bees are opportunistically controlled wherever they occur in bushland areas. As they have a tendency to inhabit artificial nest boxes, the boxes are monitored regularly for signs of infestation. Any boxes that have not been used by native birds or bats for a number of years are removed to reduce the risk of feral bee invasion.
The City of Melville is currently participating in a Regional Corella Control Reference Group being hosted by WALGA. The City currently does not have feeding sites nominated, however the current control being undertaken in the region is expected to reduce Corella numbers across the Perth Metro area. Please report Corella roosting trees or and damage caused by Corellas to Customer Service. Rainbow Lorikeets are not currently controlled by the City.
Ravens are a native species and are therefore protected under State Wildlife legislation. Parks and Wildlife Service are the governing body concerning all of our native wildlife. The City of Melville does not conduct culls of Ravens in urban areas.
Throughout Australia, unique native wildlife and ecosystems are being put at risk by unintentionally harmful human behaviour. This can be illustrated by the presence of the domestic geese and ducks at Frederick Baldwin Park.
Dumping unwanted domestic animals in habitats such as local lakes compromises the native fauna that depend on these urban ecosystems for habitat and food. Overpopulation is just the tip of the ice berg. Domestic waterfowl can also mate with wild waterfowl, creating hybrids and weakening the gene pool of these unique populations.
Dean Huxley from Native ARC states that “domestic poultry pose serious risks for native waterfowl. Not only do they compete for food and nesting sites thus reducing native waterfowl populations, they can also spread disease and parasites. It is morally and ethically wrong to release a captive born animal into the wild and Native ARC would like to encourage all pet owners to rehome their pets responsibly if they are unable to keep them."
Halina Burmej, President of Western Australian Seabird Rescue commented that most domestic geese and domestic ducks can't fly well or at all and if the natural food or water dries up domestic birds are trapped, unlike the native birds who can move on and seek better habitat. So it can be an animal welfare issue for the dumped domestic birds”.
The City has been liaising with Native ARC and Western Australian Seabird Rescue (WASR) to address this animal welfare issue. Subsequently the domestic geese and ducks will be removed from the site in early to mid July. The birds will be captured unharmed and will be rehomed by Native ARC.