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Media release: National website pinpoints pest animals

Posted by Bestprac on Mar 01 2012

You can now go online www.feralscan.org.au to map where wild dogs, feral goats and starlings occur anywhere across Australia, to record sightings, damage and control activities to help manage these pests.

WildDogScan, FeralGoatScan and StarlingScan are the latest additions to the FeralScan project by the Invasive Animals CRC and the NSW Department of Primary Industries that has received overwhelming community participation with more than 9,000 records of feral pests entered by 5,000 participants Australia-wide since it was launched in January 2011.

“FeralScan is a landholder, community, industry, government and business collaboration showcasing citizen science at its best,” NSW DPI FeralScan officer Peter West said. “For the first time, FeralScan gives a national overview of the extent of pest animals and damage they cause as well as a mapping tool to help coordinate on-ground pest control”.

FeralScan supports anyone with a pest animal problem to access essential information and resources to help in control measures and record information about pest animals in their local area.

The FeralScan project also includes RabbitScan, FeralPigScan, FoxScan, MynaScan, ToadScan and CamelScan. FeralFishScan and DeerScan will soon be made available to graziers to map deer and the problems they cause and allow recreational fishers to start recording carp and other pest fish in our rivers.

One of the many resources available through WildDogScan is the new publication ‘PestSmart: Glovebox Guide for Managing Wild Dogs’. It has been published by the Invasive Animals CRC online.

Partners in FeralScan include the Australian Government Caring for Our Country Initiative, the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences, NSW Department of Primary Industries and the Invasive Animals CRC. Supporters include the Australian Feral Camel Management Project – supported by the Caring for Our Country Initiative, NSW Government Western Catchment Management Authority, Toshiba, Woolworths, Ninti One Limited, Landcare Australia and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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Last changed: Mar 02 2012

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