Wildlife and Feral Animals

Find out what to do if you find sick or injured wildlife and how we manage feral animal species. 

Sick or Injured Wildlife

If you find sick or injured wildlife please contact one of the below centres:
  • Murdoch Veterinary Hospital 24 Hour Emergency Centre
  • Phone: 1300 652 494
  • WA Wildlife
  • Phone: 9417 7105
  • Wildcare Hotline
  • Phone: 9474 9055
You should only transport sick or injured wildlife if it is safe to do so.
 
If there is no risk to yourself or others, and the animal can be transported, make sure you:
  • Pick up the animal with both hands
  • Keep your hands away from mouth areas or sharp claws
  • Cover the animal with a light towel or cloth
  • Transport the animal in an enclosed box with air holes
Common animals to look out for include:
  • Bobtail lizards
  • Native birds including black cockatoos
  • Southern brown bandicoots
  • Quendas
Please note: If an animal, such as a long-necked turtle, is unharmed but wandering across the road you can move it off the road in the same direction it’s heading. Do not try to take it back to water, unless it’s already heading in that direction.

Animal Trapping and Management

Our feral animal control program targets feral foxes, cats and rabbits which are identified as feral animals under the Biosecurity and Agricultural Management Act 2007 (WA).

The program assists in the conservation of our native flora and fauna by minimising the effects of introduced species on the natural environment.

Our approaches are designed to take into consideration animal welfare, public health, the impact on native and domestic species and suitability to our local conditions. All trapping and control efforts are undertaken by licenced operators who work to comply with best practice and industry standards.

For more information see our Feral Animal Control Guidelines.

Fox Trapping

Foxes are caught at night using traps and the animals are then removed from reserves. If any fox dens are located they are destroyed where possible to prevent other foxes from moving in.
 
Fox trapping occurs every quarter, with a stronger focus during spring and summer. Signs will be posted in fox trapping locations prior to any trapping occurring. 

Cat Trapping

Cat trapping is carried out within various bushland areas and reserves. Any stray or unregistered domestic cats found will be taken to Cat Haven. If cats are sterilised, microchipped, registered and wearing their registration tag they will not be taken to Cat Haven and instead will be released nearby.
 
Cat trapping is only performed as required. Signs will be posted in cat trapping locations prior to any trapping occurring.

Rabbit Management

Rabbit control is undertaken at the same time as cat and fox trapping to ensure the larger animals don’t substitute dwindling rabbit prey for native species. Rabbits are managed through controlled virus release.

We do not use Pindone Bait as this poses a risk to our native quenda and southern brown bandicoots.

Bird Management

We currently do not undertake any control of corella’s and rainbow lorikeets. We encourage residents to log roosting site information for Rainbow Lorikeets to Birdlife WA’s Operation Rainbow Roost.

We do not conduct culls of ravens in urban areas as they are a native species and are protected under State and Commonwealth wildlife legislation.

European Honeybee Management

The European honeybee is an introduced pest to our bushlands and has negative effects on our natural environment and native species by taking up nesting hollows and deterring native bee species. To manage European honeybees we engage with a contractor to remove bee hives that pose a safety risk in our parks, reserves and streetscapes. In streetscapes effort is made to relocate hives, however in bushland areas it is usually impossible to move hives, so they are removed. 

You can assist us with honeybee management by taking good care of back yard beehives to prevent swarming. 

Reporting Feral Animals

We use information from the community to help identify where and when animal trapping needs to occur.  Contact us to report a sighting of foxes, cats or beehives on any of our parks, reserves or streetscapes.

Please note: We cannot remove beehives or swarms on private property.

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