discovery of a live wallaby in a city backyard in Invercargill has raised
concerns that people don’t understand the risk these pests pose to the region.
resident in North Invercargill was shocked when she discovered it was a
marsupial in her neighbour’s property that was disturbing her dog and called
Southland biosecurity manager Richard Bowman says the neighbour was unaware of
the unexpected visitor and didn’t know where it had come from.
wallaby was young and reasonably tame, so it is possible somebody had been
keeping it as a pet and it had escaped.
have since learnt that the wallaby has been handed over to a wildlife park in
South Canterbury which accepts orphaned animals.”
says wallabies are a pest animal under Southland’s current Regional Pest
Management Strategy, with the rules meaning nobody can possess or sell a
wallaby within the Southland region without a permit. It is also against the
rules to transport a wallaby into or within the region and anybody who sees a
wallaby must report it to Environment Southland.
wallabies haven’t been identified in Southland, but are causing significant
problems in South Canterbury.
cause damage to native forests and compete with cattle and sheep for pasture.
They are capable of reaching very high population numbers and could establish
in parts of Southland, having a significant economic and environmental impact.
know people might think they are cute and in some cases, hunters may have shot
wallabies further north and discovered a joey in a pouch, which they have then
brought home to keep as a pet, without realising the implications,” Mr Bowman
Southland chairperson Rachel Hucklebridge says the wallaby was one of the more
unusual calls they had received and while it was very cute, she was very aware
of their pest status in Southland.
who spots a wallaby in the region should contact Environment Southland or the