Pest animal management
Landholders have a responsibility to continually suppress and destroy populations of declared pest animals on their land. This includes rabbits, wild dogs, feral pigs, foxes, and three species of locusts.
For more information on declared pest animals, visit the Department of Primary Industries.
South East Local Land Services can offer help and advice with controlling pest animals.
Address: 13 Mitchell Street, Yass
Phone: 6118 7700
Indian Myna Birds
Indian (or Common) Mynas are medium sized brown birds with a black head and yellow feet, eye-patch and bill. They occur naturally in open woodlands from Afghanistan through India to Indochina, and were introduced into Australia in 1862 to control insects in Melbourne market gardens and then Sydney, and from there they were taken to North Queensland to combat cane beetles. The Indian Myna was introduced to the Canberra region in 1968 where they have shown a distinct liking for urban backyards and woodland nature reserves. They are strong competitors with native wildlife for food and nesting hollows and are now well established in almost every Canberra suburb and spreading into the Yass Valley area.
Indian Mynas are very aggressive and intelligent, and known to evict native birds (including parrots, kookaburras and peewees) from their nests, dumping out their eggs and chasing them from their roosting areas. In urban habitats they are considered a threat to the long-term survival of these birds and other native species such as sugar gliders which depend on tree hollows for survival.
Indian Mynas will eat dog and cat food left outside in the back yard. This 'free feeding' contributes to the increase in Mynas. You can help to reduce the Myna problem in your area by ensuring that these birds do not have access to these food sources. Alternatively, if you have a problem with Myna Birds and would like to assist with their removal, please contact Environmental Services at Yass Valley Council on 6226 1477. Council staff can advise on their removal and assist with the provision of traps, pamphlets or information.
Further information on Indian Mynas can be found on Canberra Indian Myna Action Group (CIMAG) website – www.indianmynaaction.org.au – a Canberra based community group formed to reduce the number of Myna birds in Canberra.