A feral animal is one that has escaped from a domestic or captive status and is living more or less as a wild animal, or one that is descended from such animals.
All property owners, including public land managers such as Central Coast Council, are responsible for managing declared pest animals. Species currently declared pests in New South Wales under the Local Land Services Act 2013 are:
- wild dogs (defined as any dog, including a dingo, that is or has become wild)
- dromedary camels.
The New South Wales government’s Department of Primary Industries provides detailed information about declared pest species and non-declared nuisance animals.
Widespread pest animals should be reported to your Local Land Services. The Greater Sydney Local Land Service, a State government service for information and advice on control methods for pest animals, covers the Central Coast region.
Sightings of unusual animals should be reported to DPI, or alternatively phone 1800 680 244.
Foxes and cats
Foxes are threats to many native animals and Council’s fox control programme aims to reduce numbers in the Coastal Open Space System (COSS) and other environmentally important areas.
Council also collaborates with Local Land Services in releasing new strains of the Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RDHV) as part of a national programme.
Not all animals that cause economic and environmental damage or cause nuisance are declared pests. While the control of species such as feral goats and cats may be an objective of land managers, there is no legislative requirement for landholders to control such species.