Living with wildlife

Living in Australia means we have some incredible wildlife sharing our environment. Learn about living harmoniously with bats, possums, magpies, Indian Myna birds and various venomous creatures.

Two bats hanging in tree
The Toowoomba Region plays host to three species of flying foxes, the grey-headed, black and little red flying foxes. Due to their diet of predominantly fruit, nectar and pollen of native trees, they are often also known as fruit bats. Flying foxes belong to the group of megabats, the largest bats in the world and are distinct from the much smaller, insect-eating microbats. Flying foxes play a vital role in maintaining the ...
Possum in tree
Council does not offer any services to trap or remove possums. A permit is required to trap and remove possums. Residents who experience problems with possums should contact: Department of Environment and Resource Management on 1300 130 372 in order to arrange the removal or relocation of possums. DPI and National Parks & Wildlife on 13 74 68. Handy links Queensland Department of Environment & Resource Management (DERM) Living with Wildlife - (DERM website) ...
Indian or common mynas are not to be confused with the native noisy miner birds. Mynas are currently not declared pests under state legislation. Therefore there is no legislative requirement for landholders or councils to undertake control. Localised trapping can temporarily reduce numbers of mynas but doesn’t have a lasting impact on populations at a regional scale. ...
Australia is home to many of the world's most venomous snakes, spiders and marine animals. To assist education about the treatment of bites and stings an antivenom producer has created a free smartphone app called "Australian Bites & Stings". The app provides up-to-date first aid information. This app is not a Toowoomba Regional Council product but one we thought might be handy. More information can be found on the app provider's page: ...
Spring and summer are the nesting season of many birds. During that time, some species may become aggressive and swoop residents that venture too close to a bird's nesting site. The most well-known bird for displaying swooping behaviour is the Australian magpie, However, other species of native birds have also been known to swoop, including the masked lapwing (plover), butcherbird, torresian crow and noisy miner. All of these native birds are ...
For wildlife emergencies you can contact either the RSPCA or FAUNA. To minimise any stress the animal may be experiencing you should place the animal in a dark, quiet area away from people, pets and noise. RSPCA QueenslandWebsite: www.rspcaqld.org.au/emergenciesPhone: 1300 ANIMAL ( 1300 264 625 ) Wildlife Welfare Carers (based in Oakey, Queensland)Website: www.wildlifeswelfarecarers.websyte.com.auPhone: 07 46912675Mobile: 0417 070 337 F.A.U.N.A. (Fostercare of Australia 's Unique Native ...
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