Established Invasive Animals
What are established invasive animals?
'Established invasive animals' are introduced animals which, by definition of the Catchment and Land Protection Act (1994) (CaLP Act), are widespread, established and beyond eradication from the whole of Victoria.
Established invasive animals include foxes, rabbits, feral pigs and feral goats and their effect may be seen on public and private land across the state. Under the CaLP Act, all landowners have a legal duty to prevent the spread of, and as far as possible eradicate, established pest animals. Recommended management of established invasive animals is based on the approach that the most cost-effect control strategy is to manage and minimise their impact on selected high-value agricultural and environmental assets.
Individual species management information
The following pages provide detailed information on the control and management of a selection of declared and undeclared established invasive animals in Victoria.
|European hare||Integrated European hare control|
|European rabbit (feral or wild)||Rabbit control in rural and natural landscapes|
|Rabbit control in urban and semi urban areas|
|Fox (red)||Fox control in rural and natural landscapes|
|Fox control in urban and semi urban areas|
|Goat (feral or wild)||Integrated feral goat control|
|Pig (feral or wild)||Integrated feral pig control|
Wild dog, dingo-dog hybrids|
(feral and wild populations)
|Integrated wild dog control|
Read more about Invasive Animal Management.
Why is it important to control these species?
Land owners have a legal responsibility to control declared established pest animals under Section 20(1)(f) of the Catchment and Land Protection Act (1994), "In relation to his or her land a land owner must take all reasonable steps to prevent the spread of, and as far as possible eradicate, established pest animals."
For more information on your responsibilities as a land owner, see Noxious Weed and Pest Animal Management: Your legal roles and responsibilities.