Living with wildlife on Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island’s prolific and diverse native animal species is one of its main attractions. Wildlife is part of the Kangaroo Island landscape and it is protected by law.  Most wildlife encounters are very positive, however, sometimes problems can arise.

The Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) is responsible for administering wildlife management and animal welfare legislation in South Australia – the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 and regulations, and the Animal Welfare Act 1985 and regulations. The National Parks and Wildlife Act protects all native mammals, birds and reptiles throughout South Australia except for the unprotected species listed in Schedule 10 of that Act.

DEWNR values and seeks to protect all wildlife in South Australia, but realises that managing wildlife also involves broader ecological, social and economic considerations. These include animal welfare, environmental impacts, community values and expectations and the need for landholders to protect their livelihoods from some of  the impacts caused by large numbers of some wildlife species.

DEWNR encourages a 'Living With Wildlife' approach to how we think about and interact with wildlife. Landholders need to consider options for non-lethal management first before seeking a permit to manage the impacts of wildlife on primary production. To find out more about permits, visit the permits and licences webpage.

Permits are also required to rescue or keep wildlife, or to remove wildlife from its natural habitat. 

If you would like more information about living with wildlife and how to create a wildlife friendly backyard, check out the Urban biodiversity page on the Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges website.

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