Feral Animals

Feral animals impact native bird and animal populations in highly urbanised environments.

Stray domestic cats and the European red fox are known to prey on the small native lizards and birds found urban areas of Sydney.

European Red Foxes

fox-scan-landing-pageIntroduced foxes are a declared pest in NSW, and are Australia’s number one predator threatening the survival of native wildlife and many currently threatened species.

In urban areas they are also increasingly causing problems. These include:

  • threatening urban wildlife populations and biodiversity
  • disturbing or killing small domestic pets (such as rabbits, guinea pigs, poultry and aviary birds)
  • scavenging through rubbish bins and at waste facilities
  • acting as a potential reservoir for disease/parasites including hydatids 

Fifteen Sydney councils, including Inner West Council, have come together to develop a regional and coordinated approach to fox management to address these problems. Over the next year the project will study the behaviour of urban foxes, engage local communities and map the distribution of foxes in southern Sydney enabling fox control to be undertaken at strategic locations.

To reduce the impacts of foxes, we encourage you to record and map sightings of foxes and fox impacts in your local area in Fox Scan.

Visit the Fox Scan website and help us map your sightings.





Indian Mynas

Minor bird - Abhijit ChenvankarNumbers of Indian mynas in urban areas have increased dramatically in recent years, causing significant problems for our native wildlife.These include:

  • Competing aggressively with native wildlife for nesting hollows, evicting and killing the young of native animals
  • Invading endangered habitats and further increase the risk of extinction of some endangered native species
  • Damaging grain and fruit crops. Mynas can also spread mites and they have the potential to spread disease to people and domestic animals

An Indian myna trap was developed by the Australian National University in 2005. Mynas are caught in the trap and can then be euthanised using carbon dioxide.

More information on dealing with Indian mynas can be found at the Office of Environment and Heritage website.


Head to the Department of Environment and Energy for more information on feral animals.



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