FERAL ANIMAL MANAGEMENT
Feral animals are having a devastating effect on soil, native vegetation and wildlife and are an ongoing cost to NT's agriculture and associated livelihoods. Buffalo, camels, pigs, donkeys, horses, cats, wild dogs and cane toads out-compete, eat or poison native animals and domestic livestock, harbour diseases or change the environment through overgrazing and trampling.
The introduction and spread of marine pests are also a constant threat to the NT’s marine environment and the remote nature of the coastline is also a potential source of introduction of invasive species from neighbouring countries. Feral animals also degrade sites of Aboriginal cultural significance and directly impact on traditional harvest and livelihoods
Within ten years, all regions in the Northern Territory have a coordinated and strategic approach to feral animal management programs across more than 75 per cent of their area.
WHAT WE NEED TO DO
Develop a Northern Territory-wide feral animal management strategy to:
Strengthen regional feral animal management programs through coordinated and collaborative action
Use common measures and analysis to monitor and evaluate and adapt the feral animal management program.
Conduct research and promote innovation in techniques, training and motivation to control feral animals finding more effective ways to achieve landscape scale feral animal control
Strengthen the coordination and delivery of biosecurity surveillance and response to potential pest animals, insects and marine pests.
HOW WE MEASURE SUCCESS
With increased availability and utilisation of feral animals distribution data, stakeholders can more effectively manage feral animals
Identifying trends in feral animal distribution resulting from the management program will lead to an increased understanding of the effectiveness of management approaches undertaken
Understanding the number of groups/individuals involved in feral animal management programs and the number of landscape scale feral animal management programs in place
REGIONAL FERAL ANIMAL PLANS
There is a different emphasis relevant to its people, environments and industries for the four major regions in the Northern Territory.
Click on your region to see your regional feral animals management plan: