Pest animals

Pest animals are usually species that have been introduced to the New Zealand environment. They can have serious adverse impacts on the regional economy, environment and biodiversity.

With the exception of rooks and exclusion species, pest animal control is generally the landowner's responsibility.

Our approach is to minimise the impacts pest animals have across property boundaries and within areas of high value. Our staff can provide information and advice to assist landowners in choosing appropriate best practice control methods, or in contacting a commercial pest control provider.

NOTE: Environment Southland does not provide a control service for wasps, bees or flies but can suggest either pest control contractors from the yellow pages or beekeepers as an option for bee swarm or potential wasp nest removal. Please refer to the Southland Bee Society for bee swarms.

NOTE: Our new Southland Regional Pest Management Plan is now operative. Our website is still being updated with the new rules and information. To ensure the most accurate information, you can read the full plan at or contact one of our biosecurity officers by emailing or calling 0800 76 88 45.

Permit applications

Some animals require a permit if you want to keep them as a pet. Find relevant forms below.

Bengal Cat
Permit Application


For information on pest animals or other harmful species and control options please refer to or


Environment Southland doesn't provide a pest trap loan service. There are local and national suppliers of most trap types that people can approach or search online. We also recommend visiting the Bionet and Predator Free NZ websites. For further information please contact one of our Biosecurity pest animal team on 0800 76 88 45 or via emailing to​​

Page reviewed: 02 Sep 2019 4:37pm