Feral Animals

Feral Animals

Feral animal species pose one of the biggest threats to biodiversity in Tasmania. They impact on many native animals and plants through predation, habitat destruction and food competition, spreading diseases and weeds, therefore increasing risks of extinctions, population collapse and loss of ecosystem services. They can be damaging to native flora, habitat and cause water course degradation. Feral animals can also have social impacts, as zoonotic (animal-to-human transmission) diseases such as toxoplasmosis can cause serious harm to animals and humans. Damage to infrastructure or culturally important sites can also be caused by the presence of feral animal species. Agriculture is often seriously impacted by crop damage, preying on and spreading disease to livestock or degrading the land by causing soil erosion. 

Feral Animal Surveys 2020 - 2021

The Feral Animal monitoring and control program is a community initiative by Mount Roland Rivercare Catchment Inc., and is part of the CEP – Communities Environment Program, funded by the Australian Government. 

The vision of the project was to have a sustainable balance, with full community support, in the management of feral animal species, to aid in the protection of native species. The goal of the Feral Animal monitoring and control program was to map the distribution of feral animal species and to design, manage and implement a Feral Animals program within the Minnow Catchment and around the Mount Roland Regional Reserve. 

  1. To identify the major areas of feral species occurrence in the Mount Roland Catchment areas
  2. To identify endangered and vulnerable species areas of visitation/corridors of movement
  3. Reduce the populations of feral animal species in the Mount Roland catchment area
  4. Protect native animal species and the habitats they rely on
  5. Monitoring - Continue to monitor feral species occurrence; Continue to monitor native species occurrence
  6. Work within the framework of current legislation and actively contribute to improvements that could be made to legislation regarding the management of feral species, such as Invasive Species management guidelines and the Cat Management Act
  7. Develop a working partnership with Kentish Council to achieve positive outcomes from feral management
  8. Educate the community on the impacts of feral species
  9. Build on relationships with major stakeholders, particularly forest managers and Parks and Wildlife Services, and utilise the offers of assistance from these stakeholders
  10. Establish a committed group to undertake monitoring and assessment of data collected, to plan actions.
  11. Investigate possible funding for activities from Government grants and other potential supporters.
  12. Be adaptable to various processes which could help contain or eradicate feral species.
  13. Record feral species locations on Feralscan and upload data to the Natural Values Atlas
  14. Design action plans for targeting feral species

Camera Sites

feral animal camera sites

Results

 

Download the full report Feral Animal Project 2020-2021 [download size 2MB]

 

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