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Pest animals are defined as non-native, or introduced species that are, or have the potential to become, established in the wild through escape from captivity. Their introduction to the wild may be through deliberate or accidental release. It may also be a result of accidental or illegal importation.
A barking dog or possum may be a nuisance, however they are not officially classified as a pest. To be considered a pest animal species, it must be listed in the relevant legislation.
Pest animal species have a pronounced impact primarily on native fauna. Predation by several feral species have been listed as a key threatening process under the Threatened Species Conservation (TSC) Act 1995. The species listed under this Act known to occur in Canterbury-Bankstown are:
Council works closely with neighbouring councils and state agencies to manage pest animals across the region. Council actively:
There are many things you can do to help reduce the impact of pest animals.