The Coffs Harbour area is fortunate in having a diverse range of native animals, including many that are rare and threatened. Unfortunately, human impacts such as land clearing, pollution and the introduction of pest species have all contributed to the decline of native animals in our region.
By planting native plants and avoiding those weedy plants that can invade bushland and degrade habitat, we not only protect our bushland but also provide food and shelter for native animals.
Injured wildlife Living so closely with native animals means that, we occasionally come into contact with sick, injured or orphaned wildlife.
Always remember wild animals are not used to being handled and are very susceptible to stress. If handled improperly, they are likely to struggle and hurt themselves even more. It is crucial to take care with the rescue of any native animal and to reduce the animal's stress as much as possible.
Step 1: Remove any threat to the animal. This may mean locking up cats and dogs until the animal is rescued by a licensed rescuer.
Step 2: Minimise stress by placing a towel or blanket over the animal, then gently place in a box. Put the box in a warm, quiet, dark room and DO NOT DISTURB. The stress associated with human contact can result in death.
Step 3: Call Midnorth Coast Branch of WIRES on (02) 6652 7119 Please remember: It is against the law to keep native animals taken from the wild. They must be passed on to an authorised carer within a licensed wildlife rescue organisation such as WIRES.
Contacts Mid North Coast WIRESCovering the Coffs Harbour Area Ph: (02) 6652 7119 Address: PO Box 936 Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450
WIRES The Australian Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service.
Keeping Native Animals It is illegal to keep native wildlife as pets, unless you hold the appropriate National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Fauna License. Contact the Office of Environment and Heritage for more advice on keeping native wildlife.