Feral animals can have devastating effects on our native wildlife. Some of the common pests causing major problems in our environment include Rainbow Lorikeets, corellas, foxes, rabbits and feral fish.
The City of Swan provides an annual financial contribution to the Declared Species Group. The funds are used to humanely cull Rainbow Lorikeets. Whilst Rainbow Lorikeets are an attractive bird, they are from Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and northern and eastern Australia. They pose an extreme threat to native wildlife in the South West of WA through competition for food and nesting sites. These birds also destroy fruit crops and have devastating effects on the grapes grown throughout the Swan Valley.
The introduced Little Corella and Eastern Long Billed Corella compete with our local wildlife for food and nesting hollows. They also spread disease to our native birds and can hybridize with local species.
Foxes have adapted very well to urban environments and predate on both native and domestic animals.
Rabbits destroy native vegetation, spread weeds and contribute towards erosion.
Feral fish such as Koi Carp and Pearl Cichlids outcompete / displace native fish and through their feeding methods, release nutrients into waterways.
Feral animal populations occur as a result of non sterilised released pets, therefore it is important that you never release unwanted pets to the wild. Instead, you should offer them for sale to a safe and loving home or take them to an animal rescue centre such as the RSPCA at 108 Malaga Drive, Malaga.