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Destructive species caught in record numbers on Sunshine Coast

January 23, 2024 6:13 am in by
Two stags spotted through a thermal scope used in Council’s deer management operations. (Supplied Sunshine Coast Council)

Invasive species are being trapped and removed in record numbers across the Sunshine Coast.

In 2023, Council’s team removed 335 feral deer from registered properties in the region, almost triple the previous record set in 2021.

Environment Portfolio Councillor Peter Cox said better technology and improving staff skill sets and teamwork meant feral deer could be detected and euthanised quickly.

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“New and improved thermal scopes mean our team can work during the night without stressing the animal or dispersing the herd, all while improving safety to livestock,” Cr Cox said.

“We’ve also seen an increase in private properties registered for deer control activities in the past year, as more landholders recognise the safety and effectiveness of this control program.”

During the year Council staff removed 91 foxes through trapping across the region, alongside other fox control strategies including spring-activated baiting and den detection using conservation dogs.

Meanwhile, community trapping contributed to 1315 Indian myna birds being removed from our environment.

An Indian myna bird (Supplied Sunshine Coast Council)
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Environment Portfolio Councillor Maria Suarez said Indian myna birds were highly territorial and would out-compete our native species for food and nesting sites.

Find out about our region’s invasive animals and how you can help on Council’s website.

Invasive animals on the Sunshine Coast:

Feral deer impact agriculture, damage fragile habitats, spread disease and are a danger to road users.

Indian myna birds spread disease, are highly territorial and out-compete native birds for nesting hollows.

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Foxes hunt native species and eat eggs of endangered Mary River, green and loggerhead turtles.

Wild dogs pose a danger to pets and prey on livestock and native animals.

Feral cats are opportunistic predators that hunt native species, small livestock and pets and can spread disease.

Feral pigs damage fragile habitats, prey on native species and livestock and threaten agriculture.

Rabbit sightings remain low in our region, but they have the potential to multiply rapidly to threaten native habitats and agriculture.

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IMAGE 1: Two stags spotted through a thermal scope used in Council’s deer management operations.

IMAGE 2: An Indian myna bird with black head, chocolate brown body, white spot on wings and yellow eye patch and legs.

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