Pest animals are introduced animals that have been deliberately or accidentally released.
Pest animals are a serious threat to South Australia’s primary industries, the natural environment and public safety. The annual cost of pest animals to Australia was estimated by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre to be is $743.5 million in 2007-08.
All South Australian landholders have a legal responsibility to manage pest animals declared under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004.
Declared animals may have restrictions in place for:
Established pest animals
It’s important that landholders know how to manage pest animals that occur on their land.
- View a list of the most serious established pest animals in SA.
- Pest animals of South Australia: what you need to know. ()
- SA pest animal risk management guide ()
New pest animals - ‘Alert Pests’
Some declared animals are also alert pest animals because they are not yet established in South Australia and pose a serious threat.
Early detection is important so the animal can be destroyed before it becomes a problem.