Cassowary Coast Regional Council

Pest Animals Pest Animals

Wild Dogs

Council conducts quarterly baiting programs for wild dogs. To qualify for a baiting program, a land owner must meet the following criteria:

  • Council needs a number of participants across any given locality for effective control measures.
  • Written agreement is needed from all neighbours within 1km of the property being baited.
  • All relevant stakeholders must be notified at least 72 hrs before baiting.
  • The date baiting begins and the date of bait collection must be clearly stated on neighbour agreements and signs.
  • Baits must be tied down and you must make a reasonable attempt to minimise damage to non-target wildlife.
  • Baits must be collected at the end of the baiting program.
  • Appropriate signage must be up for the course of the program and for a minimum of one month following the placement of the bait material.

Upon receiving a 1080 baiting request, council officers will determine the following:

  • Level of impact
  • Legislation requirements
  • Alternative control options
  • Risk to non-target wildlife
  • Strategic value
  • Landowner support and agreement

Feral Pigs

Council loans pig traps to landowners.  A deposit is required.  Hog hopper baiting stations are also available to eliminate off-target damage from the use of 1080 and to allow 1080 to be used in wet conditions.

Application Form and Conditions of Use

Council conducts baiting programs for feral pigs as requested by landowners.  For landowners to qualify for a baiting program, they must meet the following criteria:

  • There must be free-feeding in locations pigs are currently coming in to feed.
  • All neighbours within 1km must be notified.
  • There must be written agreement from all neighbours within 1km of the property being baited.
  • All relevant stakeholders must be notified at least 72 hours before baiting.
  • The date baiting begins and the date of bait collection must be clearly stated on neighbour agreements and signs.
  • The proposed baiting site must be monitored to ensure no other animals are eating from the free - feeding location so that off-target damage is minimised.
  • Uneaten bait material must be collected at the end of the baiting program.
  • Appropriate signage must be up for the course of the program and for a minimum of one month following the placement of the bait material.

Upon receiving a request for 1080 baiting, Council officers will determine the following:

  • Level of Impact
  • Legislation requirements
  • Alternative control options
  • Risk to non-target wildlife
  • Strategic value
  • Landowner support and agreement

Click here to download "Trapping Feral Pigs on the Cassowary Coast - A Practical Guide".

Rodents

Land owners and occupiers are required by law to control pests on their land. Rats and mice are not only a nuisance, they can carry and transmit diseases to humans.

Council officers investigate complaints about rodent-breeding sites and can issue notices to residents or owners of properties as required.

To report rodent-breeding sites please contact Council's customer service team by phoning 1300 763 903.