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Report an unusual animal sighting

Why does NSW Government regulate the keeping of non-indigenous animals?

On mainland Australia, at least 73 non-indigenous animal species have established wild populations. Notable examples of established non-indigenous pest animals include the cane toad, fox, cat and rabbit. However, there are many other less common non-indigenous animals which can cause adverse impacts on agriculture and the environment. There is also the risk of new species being accidentally or deliberately brought into the country that may suddenly appear as a new or unusual animal in your area or the places you visit.

If you become aware of unusual non-native animals in the wrong place, or illegal activities such as the movement, keeping, breeding and sale of animals listed as Prohibited Dealings under the Biosecurity Act 2015, report it to NSW DPI using this form. it is important that the NSW Government is notified as soon as possible. Your action could help to protect the NSW environment, economy and your local community from the negative impacts of introduced pest animals.

NOTE: Sightings of widespread pest animals (such as foxes, feral cats, deer, rabbits, feral pigs, or wild dogs) should be reported to Local Land Services.

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About the animal

Where did you see the animals?

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If possible, a detailed description including the size and colour of the animal and what the animal was doing helps us to respond to the sighting appropriately


Thank you

In emergency situations and outside of normal business hours (8:30 am – 4:30 pm weekdays) where there is a danger to the public presented by an unusual animal, please telephone emergency services (000) or the police assistance number (131 444) to report the incident in addition to reporting the information to NSW DPI.

Once you click on the submit button your report will be sent and you will then be redirected to the DPI pest animal page. Thank you for taking the time to submit your report.