Invasive animals threaten parks, forests, waterways, biodiversity and land asset values. They can cause a range of serious environmental, economic, social or health issues.
Invasive animals are non-native (introduced) species that are, or have the potential to become, established in the wild through escape from captivity and domestication, deliberate or accidental release and accidental or illegal importation.
Examples of high risk invasive animals known to be established in Victoria include rabbits, foxes, wild dogs, feral goats, and feral pigs. These species cannot be eradicated from the state.
On private land, pest animals (ranging from insects such as skip jack ants, scorpions, caterpillars, spiders and termites to larger animals such as foxes, snakes and rabbits) are the responsibility of the landowner. The landowner can either treat the problem themselves or use the Yellow Pages to find a professional contractor to undertake the work for them.
Rabbits have been significant pests in Australia since they were released near Geelong in 1860. Australian conditions suited them and they have bred prolifically.
Rabbits are Australia's most serious pest animal. They destroy plants, cause soil erosion and compete with native fauna for food and habitat.
Find out about rabbit control measures, responsibilities and existing programs.
More detailed information on methods of rabbit control are available on the Department of Primary Industries website. In the Yellow Pages you will find the details of Pest (rabbit) Control contractors if you are unable to undertake the work yourself.
Foxes and other pest animals
Queries relating to rabbits, foxes and other pest animals should be referred to the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) on Ph: 136 186 or www.dpi.vic.gov.au.
DPI will not send an officer out to inspect or trap animals but an officer will be happy to discuss issues relating to rabbits and other pests and offer solutions for self management and provide referrals where necessary for further assistance.
Contractors and suppliers
It is also possible to employ contractors to carry out rabbit control programs. Look up weed and pest control in the Yellow Pages of the local telephone directory.