Fauna Around the Town

Mosman Park is fortunate to have large areas of natural habitat for wildlife to live in. Our wildlife rely on bushland for all or most of their needs, including foraging, shelter and breeding sites/  This means preserving and improving the quality and connectivity of our bushland areas is crucial to conserve our native frogs, reptiles, birds and mammals for future generations.  Most native animals are easily scared and will move off quickly if startled.  If you come across a native animal, keep calm and quiet.  Some of the common wildlife you may come across are bobtail lizards, snakes, frogs, water and land birds.

Please help us support our wildlife by:

  • Not feeding our animals.  Feeding often results in dependence and increases the chances of nuisance situations arising.  It can also lead to loss of predator avoidance skills.
  • Plant native plants.  These will attractive more wildlife to your garden as well as providing shelter and food resources for native animals.
  • Set up a bird path or frog pond.  These all also help attract wildlife to your garden, especially in summer

How to prevent unwanted visitors:

Animals (just like us) need food and shelter and sometimes they can make their way into your backyard.   Generally these are occasional visits but if you have problems with a native animal, please contact your nearest wildlife specialist:  Department of Parks and Wildlife Hotline 9219 9840.  Remember all native animals are protected under law.  It is illegal to harm or kill them.  To prevent unwanted visitors:

  • Keep dog and cat food bowls inside at night
  • Fence of areas such as vegetable patches with galvanised wire netting
  • Keep chicken feed in a sealed container
  • Bury all food scraps in your compost bin

BIRDS

There are a number of birds who frequent the Town’s bushland and park reserves who play both a useful role in balancing the natural ecosystem and can be a natural pest agent.  Species of birds which have been sighted around the Town include:

Pacific Black Duck

Crested and Caspian Terns

Honeyeaters

Little Pied and Pied Cormorants

Forest Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo

Welcome Swallow

Australian Pelican  

Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo

Tree Martin

Black Shouldered Kite

Tawney Frogmouth

Silvereye

Collared Sparrowhawk

Laughing Kookaburra

Pied Oystercatcher

Brown Goshawk

Rainbow Bee-eater

Splendid and Variegated Fairy-wren

 

REPTILES

As the weather begins to warm up, the reptiles that call Mosman Park home will be out in full force. Reptiles such as the bobtail lizard, skinks, geckoes and snakes will become commonly present in your garden and the Town’s parks and reserves over the spring and summer months. Reptiles require sun to generate energy to undergo their daily activities. This means as the sun becomes more apparent we will see more of them around. Reptiles will be seen basking on rocks or dead branches and even on pathways and roads. Due to their slow movement, bobtails are often seen dead on the road. Please exercise caution and be on the lookout for reptiles such as bobtails that are on the move. In the garden, ensure you are mindful when using the lawn mower or whipper snipper and lifting up rocks and branches as reptiles are likely to be hiding underneath.

Although bobtails may look fierce as they characteristically stick out their tongues and hiss, this is only a defence mechanism when they feel threatened. It is important to respect the reptiles we share the Town with by not provoking them and interfering with their business. Reptiles are likely to favour the camouflage and escape option rather than the conflict. Bobtails are harmless to humans and pets, however snake bites are considered more serious. Ensure medical advice is sought as soon as possible if bitten.

Other reptile sightings include included geckoes, legless lizards, skink lizards, blind snakes and elapid snakes.

Snakes

The Department of Environment and Conservation suggests that the two most commonly encountered dangerously venomous snakes in the Perth metropolitan area are Dugites and Tiger snakes. Both species are active in the day and at night in the warmer weather.

If you encounter a snake it is important to not approach or aggravate it in anyway; you should contact the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s Wildcare Hotline on (08) 9474 9055 and you will be referred to one of a number of volunteer reptile removers.

If volunteers are not available you can also contact the Town on 9384 1633. If the ranger is unable to relocate the snake, you should contact a professional snake catcher. They will normally charge a call-out fee. You can look the in Yellow Pages to locate these commercial operators.

For more information about fauna in Mosman Park, please contact the Town’s Environmental Conservation Officer on 9384 1633 or admin@mosmanpark.wa.gov.au

For information on rodents, cockroaches, flies, European wasps, bees and mosquitos, please see Pests and Insects.

FERAL ANIMALS - FOX AND RABBIT MANAGEMENT

The Western Suburbs Regional Organisation of Councils (WESROC) comprising of the Town’s of Mosman Park, Claremont, Cambridge and Cottesloe, Cities of Subiaco and Nedlands and the Shire of Peppermint Grove along with participation from the Cities of Stirling and Fremantle have collaborated their approach to feral animal management. The main feral animals of concern throughout metropolitan Perth are foxes and rabbits, which if not controlled threaten native flora and fauna. While these Councils have their own feral animal programs in place, this new collaborated approach will increase the effectiveness of these individual programs. The collaborated approach will also allow for larger areas across local government boundaries to be monitored and controlled simultaneously. Controlling a feral animal such as a fox can directly influence other animals such as rabbits. By removing the predation from foxes, rabbit populations may increase which can effect native vegetation. Similarly, controlling rabbits will cause foxes to predate on other animals including native fauna. Feral animal control is an integrated practice that requires efficient management to ensure the protection of local biodiversity. Residents are encouraged to report feral animal sightings on this simple observation form. Click here to download the form.

RESPONSIBLE CAT OWNERSHIP

The Western Suburbs Regional Organisation of Councils (WESROC) in partnership with Cat Haven are reminding residents of the obligations and benefits of being a responsible cat owner.  The 'Responsible Cat Ownership' campaign, which will run from October 2016 through to March 2017, is in response to a report received by WESROC on regional feral animal monitoring and control project that focussed on rabbits and foxes.

The report revealed cats to be a problem affecting native wildlife habitats in the western suburbs. Thirty eight motion sensor cameras captured cats on 73 occasions, rabbits on 35 and foxes on only five. A domestic cat survey for the seven councils has since been compiled and presently, there are 2813 cats registered.

Cat owners are reminded that under the Cat Act 2011, all cats must be microchipped, sterilised/desexed and registered with the local council before they reach six months old. Kittens can be sterilised from eight weeks of age.

If not already done, residents should get their cats vaccinated and microchipped by their vet at the same time and follow up with their annual boosters. Cat Haven offers concession card holders a discount on sterilising and microchipping your cat.

Some benefits of cat sterilisation include:

• Less chance of your pet developing certain types of cancers and infections

• Lifespan of a cat is 15 years compared to only three years if unsterilised

• A less temperamental and easier to manage pet

• Reduced risk of loss or injury from cats escaping to mate

• Reduced registration and vet fees

• No unwanted litters.

It is recommended that cats wear a collar with a bell on it to help reduce the chances of them catching native wildlife. Cats should also be kept in-doors at night to prevent them from coming into contact with native and feral animals which pose a risk to their health (Feline immunodeficiency virus, and bites and scratches that can turn into abscesses).

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