King Island Natural Resource Management

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Pests

Feral Animals

Bumble Bees sightings on King Island have been reported April 2020. The community is asked to watch out for and report any bumble bee activity.

European Wasps have been baited on King Island in the past with success. Nests finish in autumn with new queens going off to hibernate over winter. They will then form new nests in Spring.  

The community is asked to watch out for and report any wasp activity including hibernating queens in wood piles, freight, and warm spots.

 European WaspEur wasp (Vespula germanica) 

 

Not to be confused with the Native flower wasp (Thynnus zonatus)faf flowerwasp jpg

Wasp nests should be treated with extreme caution as disturbance may provoke wasps to attack and multiple stings can be life threatening. Let someone know where you are and what you are doing if you are attempting to control European wasps. Registered pest controllers are recommended to locate and destroy wasp nests.
For further Information on European Wasps, visit the DPIWE website

Feral Cats

Several programs over the past 8 years have involved education about responsible cat ownership, desexing assistance, feral cat trapping and monitoring.

At April 2020 the Cat Management Act states that the owner of a cat that is more than six months of age should ensure that the cat is microchipped and desexed.

The amendments to the Cat Management Act propose that cats from four months of age must be microchipped and desexed and they are introducing a fine if people don’t comply. The amendments were scheduled to be discussed two weeks ago, but COVID-19 has interfered with the plans and the discussion of the amendments has been postponed until parliament will sit again. The last report was that parliament would not sit again until August 2020. Until then the current legislation still applies.

King Island Cat Management Plan 2008 – 2013

King Island Cat Control Program 2010