Nuisance Pets and Wildlife Problems

Barking Dogs

Noisy dog disturbing your neighbourhood? Try talking to its owner first. Often they’re not at home when the dog's barking, so they may not realise there's a problem. Just letting them know gives the owner a chance to resolve the issue.

If the problem continues, then it’s time to contact us on 9249 4000 to report the matter.

This may involve keeping Noise Diary. See our Reporting a Nuisance page for further information. 

Barking dog issues can take a while to resolve, but we work with you and the dog owner to achieve a positive outcome.

Feral Cats

We have a feral cat program. For further information contact Customer Service.


Ducking magpies? Check out the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Swooping Birds web page for useful information and tips on protecting yourself.


We don’t consider foxes a threat to children, or to adult cats and dogs.

A fox removed from its territory will quickly be replaced with another. It’s more effective to eliminate food and habitats which attract foxes rather than removing the animal. Some ways you can remove fox attractions:

  • Lock up chickens, ducks, guinea pigs and pet rabbits in a roofed and robust enclosure at night.
  • Clean up food scraps, pet food left outside, and windfall fruit
  • Cover your compost heap or use a compost bin
  • Do not approach or feed foxes
  • Clear blackberry thickets and other weeds that provide cover
  • If you see a fox, let your neighbours know so they can take preventive action too.


Our most common snakes are the Brown and Tiger snakes.

The Tiger snake can be identified by green or black coloured stripes. Tiger snakes are generally frightened of us, and will move away when disturbed. 

The Brown snake can be identified by its silvery to chocolate brown colourings, and has a very small head. Brown snakes can be more aggressive when approached.

If you see a snake on your property, do not attempt to remove it yourself. Call a professional wildlife controller. It is the safest and most effective way to remove it. 

First Aid for Snake Bites

If you're bitten, do not wash the wound.

Put pressure on the bite, by firmly applying a bandage (or fabric or clothing). Have someone drive you to the nearest hospital.

Hospitals with anti-venom are:

Wildlife Rescue

Wildlife Victoria rescue injured, sick, and orphaned wildlife. Whenever possible, they return healthy animals to the wild. Call their Emergency Response Service on 1300 094 535, 7 days a week.

Wildlife Rescuers offer a 24 hour volunteer service on 0417 506 941 or 1300 094 535. Wildlife Rescuers is staffed by volunteers.

Find out more about our Animal Services in ArabicVietnamese or Cantonese, or call our Customer Service Centre on (03) 9249 4000.