Wildlife

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Our wildlife management activities help protect our local wildlife and environment, as well as protecting the safety of our community. You can help us by:

  • Reporting injured wildlife
  • Reporting wildlife found in areas where they don’t belong or aren’t safe
  • Keeping your property snake-safe and reporting snakes where they are a danger to the community

Injured or stray wildlife

If you find an injured wild animal (other than a koala) or stray wild animal in an area where it isn’t safe:

  • Do not approach the animal
  • Contact FAWNA on phone 6581 4141 (24 hour number)
  • FAWNA will give instructions and usually come to remove the animal. There is no cost for this service but donations to this valuable organisation are always appreciated.
  • You can also contact one of the vets listed below.

If you find an injured, sick or dead koala:

  • Don’t touch or approach the koala
  • Contact the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital on phone 6584 1522 (24 hour number)

If you find a dead wild animal:

  • Contact JR Richards for removal
  • Phone 1300 787 223

For stray domestic animals (such as dogs and cats) contact us during business hours.

Additional contacts for stray wildlife:

The following approved vets can also assist with stray or injured wildlife: 

Animal Doctors
5/17−5 Lake Road PORT MACQUARIE
Phone 6581 5111

Bonny Hills Veterinary Clinic

46 Beach St BONNY HILLS
Phone 6584 8808

Camden Haven Veterinary Clinic

476 Ocean Drive LAURIETON
Phone 6559 9828

East Port Veterinary Hospital
57 Gordon Street PORT MACQUARIE
Phone 6583 5677

Dr Paws Oxley Highway Veterinary Hospital
206 Oxley Highway PORT MACQUARIE
Phone 6583 5366

Port Macquarie Veterinary Hospital
159 Gordon Street PORT MACQUARIE
Phone 6583 1611

Timbertown Veterinary Hospital
241 High Street WAUCHOPE
Phone 6585 3215

Wauchope Veterinary Clinic
59 High Street WAUCHOPE
Phone 6585 1626 

Snakes

Our area is home to 23 different snake species, many of which are extremely venomous. Snakes are protected under the National Parks and Wildlife Act which means it’s illegal to kill them or remove them from the wild.

You can discourage snakes from coming into your property by:

  • Keeping your garden maintained and lawn mowed
  • Keeping your property free of rubbish or debris
  • Controlling rats and mice around your property

If you see a snake on your property or in a public space where it may be a danger to the community:

If you are bitten by a snake:

  • Call 000 immediately
  • Keep as still as possible to slow the spread of venom
  • Wrap the limb tightly in a compression bandage or similar if possible
  • Don’t touch or wash the bite

Deer Management

Wild deer in our region can have a negative impact on:

  • Road safety, human health, livelihood, lifestyle and recreation activities
  • Animal and plant industries, including agriculture, livestock production, viticulture, horticulture and forestry
  • The biodiversity of natural and urban and environments

Our activities, conducted largely in partnership with North Coast Local Land Services and Arthur Rylah Institute, include:

  • Monitoring the number and movements of feral deer
  • Trapping and culling feral deer in strategic locations
  • Studying the prevalence of different diseases with a focus on cattle respiratory diseases and diseases potentially transmissible to humans

Participating as a key member of the Hastings Feral Deer Working Group which has formed the Hastings Feral Deer Management Plan.