Priority invasive animals
Learn more about the region's invasive animals identified as priorities in our biosecurity plan.
Through our biosecurity planning process, we assessed all of the invasive animals known to occur in our region. This helped to identify the species that should be prioritised through our invasive animal management. A number of factors were considered such as the potential impacts of each species, and its likelihood of further spread if left unmanaged. By identifying priority species, we are able to maximise the effectiveness of invasive animal control activities.
Find out more about the priority species for our local government area on the pages below.
Feral cats are able to thrive in many different types of terrain. They are known to occur in many areas of the Sunshine Coast.
Feral deer have established wild populations throughout Queensland. This is a result of deliberate release or through deer escaping captivity.
Pigs were brought to Australia as livestock. As pigs escaped captivity, they quickly established wild populations and spread out of control. They are now one of Australia’s most widespread pests.
The European red fox (Vulpes vulpes) was introduced to Australia for recreational hunting in the mid-1800s in Victoria. Foxes are now widespread throughout mainland Australia.
The Indian myna birds were first released into the Australian environment to help control pest insects. They quickly spread out of control and are now widespread throughout eastern Australia.
Wild dogs are found in a variety of habitats in the rural and peri-urban areas of the Sunshine Coast.