There are a few pest animals in Tasmania which are negatively impacting biodiversity and natural values. The most-discussed pest animals in Tasmania are feral rabbits, feral cats, and feral deer, but there are others.
Here are some links to resources for helping to manage pest animals. The network of dedicated Landcare members and partner organisations hold the potential to help manage pest animals across the state.
Best practice information hub for pest animal management.
There are several resources available on many pest feral species, including rabbits, hares, cats, deer, mice, and some fish and bird species. Most resources are available online, but some guides have been published in print for purchase or download.
Feral Cat Information and Resources
Cats can host a parasite called Toxoplasma which can cause toxoplasmosis. The problems caused by toxoplasmosis can occasionally result in serious health problems for humans, can kill certain species of wildlife (like bandicoot, wombats and wallabies), and have serious implications in the agricultural industry, particularly for sheep.
We've developed a comprehensive summary of the most recent information and resources on how to responsibly take action on the issue of feral cats (Updated 2022)
https://www.tassiecat.com/ - Quick links & resources about cats in the Tasmanian environment.
Cat Management Working Group
Landcare Tasmania has a Cat Management Working Group, involving people from Landcare Tasmania's Members Council & Staff, cat management experts, and interested Landcare Tasmania Member Groups. If you are interested in contributing, please email [email protected]
- How to set up a custom-built cat trap
- Landcare Tasmania's 2020 submission to the Federal inquiry into the problem of feral and domestic cats
- Impact of cats on human health
- Central Coast Council and Sulphur Creek Preservation Bay Coastcare group's update on the Pilot Cat Control project
Non-Native Ducks - Information and Resources
Did you know that introduced (non-native) ducks can outcompete native ducks? The Pacific Black Duck is at risk of extinction because of non-native Mallards. Find out more through the Derwent Estuary Program and the Pacific Black Duck Conservation Group: