Feral Animals in Australia

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A great battle might have seemed a good idea but would it solve all the problems in the desert forever?
Thanks to the Artist Kaye Kessing

Sensible pets for Australia

Questions/Answers on the affect of feral animals and clear felling of forests on native animals.
Read the question then a click will take you to the answer.
Questions 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63.

Questions about forestry practices in Australia 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66.
You�ll notice that questions 61, 62, 63 of feral animals overlap into forestry.

General sites on feral animals in Australia
Department of Primary Industries
Feral Animals in Australia - Introduction
Introduced Wild Animals in Australia
Poisons, Ferals and Native Animals
Exterminate the introduced species
About Feral Animals in Australia
Feral Animals
Bureau of Rural Sciences
Feral Animals Queensland Government
Terrestrial Pest Animals � South Australian Government
Tropical Savannas - Ferals
ABC � GNT � Feral Animals
Australia�s Feral Animals � Villanova College
Australian Wildlife Cams
Feral Peril � Andrew Cox
Introduced Species

Feral Pigs (Sus scrofa)
See what the feral pigs are doing to our cassowaries then ask our Prime Minister and see if he cares.

Feral Pigs Australian Government
Controlling Feral Pigs � ABC Far North Queensland
Feral Pigs � National Parks and Wildlife Service NSW
Feral Pigs Victoria � Dept of Primary Industries
Pressures on the Rainforest � Feral Pigs
War on Feral Pigs QLD
Feral Pigs and what the Vets say.
Land Manager Survey of Feral Pig Control Methods

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)
It appears that foxes could be an even worse threat to our fauna than feral cats.

Australian Government � European Red Fox
Outfoxing Australia�s number one predator - CSIRO
Biotechnology Australia � The Fox
Queensland Government � The Fox
The fox in Tasmania - ACF
Foxes in Tasmania
Tasmania faces fox crises - Landline
Foxes in Tasmania a grave threat to our wildlife.

Cats (Felis catus)
Here is a site suggesting that cats cause no harm to wildlife (Animals Australia).  As well-meaning as Frankie Seymour might be, cats must eat, there are millions of them and they are not vegetarians.  Our beloved moggie is no less than a lion or tiger in miniature.  Australian fauna did no evolve with mini lions and tigers.  Notice how it is almost impossible for a cat to catch a Starling or an Indian mynah bird, that is because those birds evolved in the land of the cat; they seem to know about cats whereas our Willy wagtail, Blue wren and garden skink do not, until it is too late.

Of course, this cat is only pretending to eat that Rosella...
Here is another very �(cats are harmless to fauna, living on cloud 9)� site
Feral Cats � Australian Government
Feral Cat (Felis catus) Australian Government
When the fox is away, the feral cats play - CSIRO
Feral Cats � Department of Primary Industries Tasmania
A model for cat control by Ric Nattrass
Native Animal Network Association Feral Cats
National Parks NSW � Feral Cats
Fauna Corner � What�s threatening our fauna?

European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
It is imperative that as we lower the numbers of rabbits we must also lower the numbers of feral cats and foxes.  If there is an eradication of the first group without the other, then more of our fauna must be eaten by the carnivores.  If we rid the land of only the carnivores then the rabbits will eat us all out of house and home.

The problem is that there is no balance between the introduced carnivores and the rabbits.  If left alone, cats and foxes will eventually wipe out the bilbies and all other types of bandicoots.  They will wipe out the hopping mice, dunnarts, numbats, quolls, bettongs, potoroos, pademelons, lyrebirds, ground parrots, curlews, plains wanderers, mallee fowls, pratincoles, grass owls and any other small creature that they can get their teeth into.  This in turn will put more pressure on our vulnerable fauna by native predators that must also compete for the dwindling food source.

Rabbits � Australian Government
Biotechnology Australia - Rabbits
NSW � National Parks and Wildlife
Impact of the Rabbit in Australia
Biological Invasion � National Museum of Australia
The Feral Outrage � Ockham�s Razor ABC
Veterinary Education and Information Network
Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease
Native fauna and the rabbit calicivirus.
What�s behind the drop in eagle numbers? ABC Report

Fire Ants (Solenopsis invicta)
Fire Ants are a disaster taking hold right now.

Does anybody know whether on not Echidnas, Numbats or Thorny devils like to eat fire ants?

Australian Sites on Fire Ants
Fire Ants Queensland Government
Fire Ant Research in Australia
A new medical and ecological hazard
Fire Ants Global Garden
Battle of the Ants � ABC News Online
Red Imported Fire Ants
UNSW � Fire Ants, the hunt is on.
Importing Natural Enemies for Fire Ants
No More Bare Feet or BBQs!
Yahoo Fire Ant Listing
US Sites on Fire Ants
University of Minnesota
Fire Ants University of Florida

Gambusia (Gambusia holbrooki)
Other names Mosquito fish also Plague minnow.
Have you noticed that there are fewer tadpoles around these days?  Guess what Gambusia love to eat?

Gambusia Control Homepage
Australian Museum Fish Site
Aquatic Invaders
Gambusia or Mosquitofish
Burke�s Backyard - Gambusia
Archive of above site
Gambusia Damnbusia
The Plague Minnow
Australian Society for Fish Biology
Fish Online - Gambusia
Fish Species Gambusia
Mosquito fish and mosquito photos
Gambusia the Plague Minnow
The Tasmanian Conservation Trust
Brookvale Public School � Gambusia Hunt
Fish Victoria � Noxious Fish

Cane Toads (Bufo marinus) - Bufonidae
A disaster for Australia.

Bufo marinus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Other Common names: -
Cane Toad
Giant Toad
Marine Toad
Giant Marine Toad
South American Cane Toad
Dominican Toad
Spring Chicken (Belize)

Links To Cane Toad related sites.
QLD Environment
Animal Diversity Web
Australian Museum Factsheets - Cane Toad
James Cook University - Cane Toad Study
Invasive Species Government Study
The Unwanted Amphibian

Cane toads are a threat to our frogs

Frog Decline Reversal Project

Photographed by Rick Stevens

Common Indian Myna (Acridotheres tristis)
Not to be confused with the Australian Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala)
Links To Common Indian Myna related sites.
Scribbly Gum - Myna Fightback
Common Indian Myna
Indian Myna - ABC
Indian mynas in nest boxes

Two great sites on endangered animals
AN ENDANGERED SPECIES SITE - This site has many useful links.

Politicians Addresses.
Please help by contacting or visiting your local politician, tell him/her what you think.
Politicians love to receive visits and short letters from you.
Politician�s Addresses and phone numbers.   (For: - Federal and State Governments)

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Politicians are actually busy people so never write long letters and only ever write about one issue per letter.  Letters should be polite, short, sweet and to the point.

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