The main pest animal species affecting the North Burnett region are, but not limited to:
The Indian Myna is not yet a declared pest in Queensland, however it is fast becoming a abundant. Indian Myna's have been found in the North Burnett Regional Council area. It is an aggressive introduced bird that competes with natives for food and nesting resources. Please report all sightings to NBRC Land Protection Officers on 1300 696 272.
Indian minors prefer warm to hot climates and are found in open habitats such as backyards and parklands. Indian minors are a brown bird (23-26cm long) with a glossy black head, neck and upper breast with bright yellow bill, eye skin, legs and feet and distinctive white patches on wings (visible in flight).
For more information download the Indian Myna factsheet here.
Yellow Crazy Ant
The yellow crazy ant has not yet been found in the North Burnett. If you suspect you have the yellow crazy ant please report to North Burnett Regional Council on 1300 696 272. The yellow crazy ant is a declared species in Queensland. They are an introduced exotic species. They are widely regarded as environmental pests and are included as one of the world's 100 worst invasive species. The name ' crazy ant' is derived from their erratic walking style and frantic movements, especially when disturbed.
For more information on the yellow crazy ant please follow this link to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry website.
Feral pigs are omnivorous, opportunistic feeders. They kill and eat lambs, damage pastures and crops and damage stored grain facilities, fencelines and watering points. They are carriers of endemic diseases such as leptospirosis, Q fever, brucellosis and sparganosis and are also susceptible to a wide range of exotic diseases. Feral pigs have a significant impact on the natural environment through wallowing, digging and predation.
Feral pigs can quickly build up in numbers. North Burnett Regional Council has several traps which can be hired out to undertake trapping of feral pigs. The feral pig is a declared Class 2 pest animal and has been identified as a very high priority pest animal for the region for broad scale management.
Wild Dogs/ Dingo
Wild dogs are significant problem in the North Burnett. Options available to control wild dogs include shooting, trapping, poisoning, exclusion fencing and the use of guard dogs.
Wild dogs are declared a Class 2 pest animal. It has been identified as a high priority pest animal for the region for broad scale management.
The rabbit is Australia's most destructive introduced pest. Wild rabbits cause more than $600 million in damage every year. They cause severe land degradation and soil erosion. Wild rabbits threaten the survival of many rare and endangered species of native flora and fauna. It is an offence to keep a rabbit of any variety as a pet in Queensland.
Rabbits are declared Class 2 pest animal and it has been identified as a high priority pest plant for the region for broad scale management.
Feral cats are highly adaptable animals that can survive and can reproduce in all habitats. They are opportunistic predators and take many native animals. North Burnett has a large population of feral cats in both rural and urban areas.
Feral cats are declared Class 2 pest animals. It has been identified as a high priority pest animal for the region for broad scale management.
Report feral animals to North Burnett Regional Council and to the national database called Feralscan at http://www.feralscan.org.au/
Feralscan is helping to build a national map of Australian Pest Animal population.