Pest animals

A number of pest animals are found in Kempsey Shire, including:

  • wild dogs
  • foxes
  • rabbits
  • deer
  • feral cats

These pest animals cause problems by:

  • preying on livestock and native animals
  • competing with native species for food and habitat
  • damaging crops and farm infrastructure such as fences
  • increasing grazing pressure on pastures
  • spreading diseases to people and animals

For these reasons, pest animals present a significant threat to our environment, economy and community health and well-being.

Your role in managing pest animals

Under the Biosecurity Act 2015, government, industry and the community have a duty to work together to reduce the negative impacts of pest animals in New South Wales.

If you are a land manager, you need to:

  • know about your biosecurity risks 
  • know what action should be taken to manage these risks 
  • take effective action to manage the risks relevant to you

The North Coast Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plan(PDF, 3MB) provides information on how you can meet your obligations under the Act, as well as general guidance about local pest animal management. 

More information

Common myna

The common myna (or Indian myna) was introduced into Australia from southern Asia in the 1860s. Myna birds are now listed as one of the world’s 100 worst invasive species by the International World Conservation Union. 

Why are mynas a problem?

Mynas have become a major problem along the east coast of Australia because:

  • they threaten native species by taking over nesting hollows from native birds and animals, as well as killing native birds’ chicks and destroying their eggs
  • they damage crops, orchards and vineyards and eat stock feed
  • a breeding pair of mynas can raise up to 24 chicks a year, so their numbers can grow rapidly 

What you can do

  • Ensure mynas can’t access your pet food or stock feed. 
  • Clean up any food left outdoors, such as after parties or barbecues in parks. 
  • Block any holes or entry points into your roof cavity to prevent mynas nesting there, making sure that you don’t accidentally imprison a possum, bat or other native animal.
  • Avoid planting tall thin trees with dense foliage such as pencil pines, which mynas will use for roosting at night. 
  • Visit the pestSMART website for information on myna management, trapping and euthanasia
  • Record myna activity in MynaScan
  • Volunteer your time or donate to Macleay Landcare