Category: invasive-vertebrates

Media releases

Victorian Supreme Court clears way for humane horse removal

The Invasive Species Council welcomes the Victorian Supreme Court’s decision to protect the Alpine National Park from growing horse impacts but is concerned the possibility of further legal action will delay the inevitable.

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Fairy prion at Port Fairy, Victoria. Photo: Ed Dunens | CC BY 2.0

Threats to Nature

If Australians are to protect what is most distinctive about this country – our unique plants, animals and ecological communities – we urgently need to overcome the key threats facing them. At least 100 species unique to Australia have been lost since 1788 and thousands more are on a path to extinction. About 1800 species…

Feral deer in Tasmania

Tasmania and Victoria remain the last two states in Australia that continue to treat deer as a hunting resource instead of managing them as the pest species they have become. Feral deer destroy native vegetation, trample plants and ring-bark young trees. They foul waterholes, cause soil erosion, spread weeds and increase the potential for transmitting…

Happy and George need you to care after the bushfires

Once the smoke clears from Australia’s bushfires the emergency facing our wildlife will not end. Injured and sick native animals will be sitting ducks for feral cats and foxes. Their homes and what little food remains will be trampled and eaten up by hard-hooved feral deer, horses, pigs and goats. One of the most effective…

Feral Herald

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Feral horses

Feral horse numbers are expanding across the Australian Alps and in parts of Queensland, NT and WA where they cause immense ecological damage. Despite this, governments have been unwilling to reduce horse numbers.

A large male red deer in the Grampians. Photo: Steve Morvell

Feral deer

Feral deer are probably Australia’s worst emerging pest problem, causing damage to the natural environment and agricultural businesses.

Fact Sheets, Reports & Submissions

Protect Australia from Deadly Invasive Species

December 2018
Strengthening environmental biosecurity – stopping new species arriving and establishing and limiting the harm caused by the worst invasive species – must be a priority of the highest order to save Australian species.

Submission to the Senate inquiry into Australia’s faunal extinction crisis

Submitted: September 2018
A submission to the Senate inquiry into Australia’s faunal extinction crisis that addresses invasive species as extinction drivers, the importance of key threatening processes and island biosecurity and the need for ambition, inspiration, prevention and monitoring.