Keeping Poultry, Pigeons and Miscellaneous Birds
Certain restrictions apply to the keeping of birds within the Town of Mosman Park. If you are looking to keep poultry on your property there are requirements under the Towns local laws that must be met.
Please refer to the following information:
Poultry includes fowls, bantams, ducks and other domestic fowls.
An owner or occupier of premises who is not an Affiliated Person* shall not keep a combined total of more than 12 poultry and pigeons, or who is an Affiliated Person, shall not keep a total of more than 50 pigeons and 12 poultry, on any one lot of land.
*Affiliated Person - means a person who is a member of a properly constituted poultry and pigeon Club.
An owner or occupier of premises shall not, without the written approval of the Council, keep or permit to be kept on those premises:
- A rooster;
- A goose or gander;
- A turkey; or
- A peacock or peahen.
For further information about the keeping of poultry and other birds in the Town, please click here
See also the Town of Mosman Park's Health Local Law, Division 2 – Keeping of Animals and Division 4 - Keeping of Poultry and Pigeons
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.
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.
Lizards in Mosman Park can be seen basking on rocks or dead branches and even on pathways and roads.
Bobtail Lizards are one of the most commonly sighted lizards in the area. Due to their slow movement, bobtails are often seen dead on the road.
Please exercise caution and be on the lookout for lizards 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.
Observing wild animals can be rewarding and educational. Many people are attracted to places that offer such opportunities and encourage closer contact by offering food. Animals can become used to people and soon learn to take advantage of food scraps and offerings. Though this is usually done with good intent, feeding wild animals can upset the balance of nature and the Department of Parks and Wildlife strongly advises against feeding wild animals.
What to do:
• Do not approach an injured animal – call for expert assistance
• Cover birds/small animals with a towel or piece of clothing
• Contain the animal to prevent further injury e.g. cardboard box
• Contact the Ranger or the nearest wildlife care centre
• Keep the animal in a warm, quiet and dark place
• Do not give the animal food or water
Native Arc (Volunteer Organisation)
Native ARC is a non profit organisation that provides medical care and rehabilitation services for injured native wildlife in the south metropolitan region. Native ARC receives injured wildlife from a range of sources including the general public, veterinary clinics, local councils, rangers and other wildlife centres. Click here to visit Native Arc's webpage.
||Hours of Operation
|Native ARC Office/Hospital
||(08) 9417 7105
||8:30am - 7:00pm
|Native ARC After Hours Service
||0487 922 484
||8:00pm - 8:00am
Department of Parks & Wildlife Wildcare Hotline
The Wildcare Helpline is a 24 hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week telephone referral service.
The Helpline provides a service for members of the public who find sick, injured or orphaned native wildlife and are seeking advice on how to find care for the animal. View the Wildcare Helpline page for more information.
If you've found injured wildlife please call the 24 Hour Wildcare Helpline on (08) 9474 9055.
Possums are a protected species under the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950.
Possums usually live in tree hollows, but with the loss of native bushland many of these natural homes have been destroyed. Being highly territorial, possums cannot relocate easily, sometimes seeking safe shelter in your roof.
Removing a Possum from Your Roof
• Provide an alternative home for the possum by constructing a sturdy weatherproof possum house.
• Securely fix the possum house to a tree in or near your yard. Place it at least four metres from the ground so the possum will be out of reach of domestic cats and dogs.
• Where possible, get inside your roof and locate the possum's nest. The nest, which has the scent of the possum, should be placed in the new possum house to encourage the possum to its new home.
• To encourage the possum to investigate its new home, put half an apple or banana in or near the possum house.
• Trim any branches that overhang the roof to remove access to your roof.
• If you do not hear the possum for a few nights, it has probably found a new home.
Trapping must only be conducted by a licensed trapper, under the conditions of a Regulation 15 Licence obtained from the Nature Protection Branch of the Department of Parks and Wildlife. Trapping a possum without a licence is illegal and subject to penalties.
If you intend to have the possum trapped there are a few things to consider. To prevent the possum from returning, block off the access points into your roof with timber, chicken wire or both. Night-time is the best time to block off the access points as the possum will have left to forage for food. Do not block off the access points unless you are certain the possum or possums have left your roof.
What Happens to the Possum after its Caught?
The possum must be released back onto your property at dusk on the same day as their capture. Bushland areas rarely have any vacant territories, so if you were to release the possum in another area, it would have to search and compete with other possums for shelter and food in unfamiliar territory. If you have a tree on your property, consider putting a possum box in the tree to provide the possum with alternate housing now that your roof space is unavailable.
You may like to visit the below links for further information about possums.
Possum Factsheet- Department of Parks and Wildlife
How to live happily with possums on your property- RSPCA
The magpie is as Australian bird, which has adapted successfully to agricultural and urban areas. Magpies are protected under the Wildlife Conservation Act. As such, the Town cannot assist with issues surrounding magpies.
The following information is from the Department of Parks and Wildlife:
The magpie is a distinctively Australian bird, which has adapted successfully to agricultural and urban areas. Magpies are protected under the Wildlife Conservation Act.
Magpies nest between August and October, usually in a tall tree. During this time, the magpie's urge to protect its eggs and young from attack is very strong.
Magpies rely largely on intimidating human intruders. They fly low and fast over the person and often clack their bill as they pass overhead. This can be alarming, but the bird will often retreat to a tree and watch until you leave its territory. Wearing a hat and sunglasses is a simple and effective form of protection. Adopting a confident or threatening stance towards the bird also has a strong deterrent effect. If the problem is on a route to school, children should use a different route during the short period the magpie is aggressive.
Removing the magpie or its nest is illegal and may cause nestlings to starve or freeze to death, or result in breakdown of the magpie tribe with further repercussions on surrounding territories and flocks. Such actions may temporarily stop attacks, but it is not uncommon for the magpie to start rebuilding immediately, so the problem starts all over again. Often it is better to live with the bird for 6-8 weeks until the problem ceases.
However, if you find that none of these solutions is sufficient, you can contact Parks and Wildlife on 9442 0300.
Click here for information about swooping magpies.
Australian Ravens (Crows)
From time to time the Town of Mosman Park receives complaints that Australian Ravens or Crows are causing a nuisance either in terms of noise or spreading of rubbish. Australian Ravens are a native species and are wholly protected under the Wildlife Protection Act.
Some people believe ravens are beneficial for insect control and cleaning up carrion and waste grain, but others believe the damage they cause outweighs the benefits.
Ravens have increased in number in the Perth metropolitan area as a result of an increase in the amount of food and water available, mostly via poorly secured rubbish, irrigation of lawns and gardens and deliberate feeding of the ravens.
Click here for further information regarding Australian Ravens.
What Can You Do To Help Wildlife In The Town?
• Don't feed native animals or birds or allow excess food to accumulate;
• Clear away food scraps and excess pet food;
• Dispose of fruit which has fallen from fruit trees;
• Cover compost heaps, or use a compost bin;
• Properly secure chicken pens and ensure they are in good condition;
• Deny Australian Ravens access to sheds and rubbish bins;
• Do not overfill your rubbish bin; and
• Make sure your bin is properly secured.