Pest animals

Pest animals can pose a significant threat to agriculture, the natural environment and public health and safety on Kangaroo Island (KI). Our challenge is to find ways to reduce the number of these pest animals to help restore native biodiversity and reduce losses in the agricultural industry.

KI’s Feral Animal Management Program works with government agencies, research groups, industry, stakeholders and the local community to determine the distribution and impact of feral animals, and the best control and eradication techniques.

By working closely with community, this program has almost successfully eradicated feral goats and deer from KI. The program is funded by Caring for our Country, the complementary State Natural Resources Management Program and the Invasive Animal Cooperative Research Centre.

You can report sightings of feral goats, deer or peacocks on the island to Natural Resources KI.

To assist with management of domestic ferrets on Kangaroo Island, please report any ferret sightings to Natural Resources KI. Please note that a permit is required to keep ferrets on Kangaroo Island.

More information can be found in Animal pests of South Australia – what you need to know

Over the next 15 years Natural Resources KI aims to eradicate feral cats from Kangaroo Island.  A stringent registration system will continue during this time for domestic cat management with a phasing out of all domestic cats by 2030. 

To find out more about eradicating feral cats on KI and sponsoring this ground breaking project please visit the feral cat eradication project webpage.

If you would like to hire a cat trap, please download the feral cat trapping on KI brochure.

Priority pests on Kangaroo Island

Cat
Fallow deer
Ferret
Goat
Peacock

Common name: Peacock
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Pig

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