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Pest Animals

The Indian Myna     

The Indian Myna (also known as the Common Myna) was introduced into Australia in the late 1860s to control insects. It has since become a problem in urban and rural areas.  Mynas have more recently invaded open forest areas on the Coast of NSW, threatening native bird and hollow-dwelling animal populations by aggressively competing with native wildlife for nesting hollows. 
Indian Mynas nest in tree hollows, or places like them, such as holes in roofs. Mynas sometimes destroy eggs and chicks. Indian Mynas are capable of evicting even large birds such as Kookaburras and Dollar Birds from their nests. They can also evict small mammals, like Sugar Gliders from hollows. Sometimes groups of mynas can aggressively mob other birds and mammals like possums.
Council is taking steps to control Mynas in the LGA and you can help by getting involved.
See how you can help by reading the council's Vertebrate Pest Management Strategy.
 
Myna Bird Resources
For further information contact Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare on 02 6651 1308.
 

Other Pest Animals

Who Is Responsible for Pest Animal Management in NSW?
 
A number of organisations have a role to play in pest animal management in NSW. Local Land Services operates under the Local Land Services Act 2013 and participates in on-ground detection and control of vertebrate pests and plague locusts in NSW. This work includes giving advice on pest animal management techniques, assisting land managers to reduce the impacts of pests through the coordination of group control programs, conducting inspections for pest species and regulating compliance with the Local Land Services Act 2013.
 
Please contact Local Land Services for advice on other pest animals in your area: 1300 795 299.
The Fox     
The fox was deliberately introduced into Australia in the 1860s and 1870s for hunting and quickly spread from its initial release point in southern Victoria to become established throughout much of Australia.
Foxes are a serious threat to biodiversity, preying on many species of small mammals, reptiles and ground-nesting birds and predation by foxes is listed as a Key Threatening Process. Foxes can live in a wide variety of habitat types and there are records all through the Coffs Harbour area, including urban and built-up areas. 
 
 
The Cane Toad     
Since its introduction to Australia near Cairns in 1935, the cane toad has spread south and west across the continent and now occurs in Queensland, Northern Territory and New South Wales. 



On the north coast of NSW the cane toad has spread as far south as the Clarence River/Yamba. Cane toads continue to move south and climate change may hasten their spread. In the Coffs Harbour LGA, cane toads have been recorded at several isolated sites including Halls Road, Coffs Harbour Fire Station, Park Beach, Korora and Corindi. In some of these areas, residents work with council and NPWS to monitor toad sightings and populations.

Learn more about the Cane toads lifecycle.

Toads may move into new areas by accidentally hitching rides on vehicles. Also, they can enter in loads of potting mix and mulch.
 

The Pig     

Habitat degradation, preying on native species, competition and disease transmission by feral pigs is listed as a key threatening process.
Feral pigs are a significant threat to native species and ecological communities as a result of their behaviour and feeding habits.
Feral pig wallowing and rooting causes disturbance to habitats and can increase erosion and reduce water quality in streams and pools. Habitat disturbance by pigs can then allow the invasion and spread of weeds.
Pigs are known to have caused damage in many National Parks and other protected areas.  

Feral Pigs can eat  native birds, reptiles, (including their eggs), frogs and soil invertebrates such as earthworms as well as the underground storage organs of plants and the fruiting bodies of fungi. 
Feral Pigs are thought to have contributed to declines in populations of some frog species. Pigs can compete with native fauna for food resources. This has been observed to be a problem in northern Australia with brolga and in other parts of Australia for small mammals which consume fungal fruiting bodies.
 
 
The Feral Cat     
 
 
Feral Cats were brought to Australia very early in colonial history and have since spread across the continent. They are one of the most serious threats to native birds, small mammals and small reptiles. Cats are extremely adaptable and can survive in all habitats from rainforest to desert.
Feral or roaming domestic cats can be found anywhere around Coffs Harbour. Cat owners should keep their cats contained and especially at night. Domestic cats should wear bells and must be desexed and registered to prevent further breeding with wild cats. Predation on native fauna by feral cats is listed as a Key Threatening Process.
 
Mosquitoes
 
Further information about mosquitoes and their impacts on humans and the environment can be found here.
 
Vertebrate Pest Management Strategy
 
Coffs Harbour City Council's Vertebrate Pest Management Strategy (CHVPMS) looks at ways in which council can practically and sustainably control pest problems throughout the Local Government Area. The CHVPMS focuses on reducing pest impacts, controlling populations and educating the community, while tailoring actions to achieve the following objectives through Council and its partner organisations. 
 
 
The CHVPMS aims to:          
  • ensure biodiversity, agricultural assets & social values consider the potentially destructive impacts of vertebrate pests          
  • manage actual pest problems and target the control programs accordingly         
  • highlight areas of greatest concern through a priority system          
  • include careful scheduling of control techniques, integrated with life cycles and activity levels of pest species to enable targeted control          
  • implement long-term strategies and integrating a combination of pest control techniques          
  • integrate State and Regional pest objectives and control targets involving all stakeholders          
  • develop a practical and monitored program to focus funding & delivery of outcomes          
  • encourage Community education and involvement to increase vigilance & long-term security of the LGA          
  • emphasise a process of risk assessment to prevent future problems