Living with native animals

Native animals may live in our backyards, parks, bushland and waterways near urban neighbourhoods.

All native birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals, except dingoes, are protected in New South Wales under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016. It is an offence to harm, kill or remove native animals unless you hold a licence.

Common brush tail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) eating stolen fruit from inside domestic house

Learn about native animals

Understanding the behaviour and needs of native animals in your area is one of the best ways to appreciate them and to avoid conflict with them.

Do not feed native animals

Many people feed native animals out of a misguided desire to care for them. Generally, it’s not okay to feed wildlife. A moment's pleasure for you may result in future problems for animals and people.

If the person feeding a native animal doesn’t agree to stop and you are affected by the presence of the animal, your local National Parks and Wildlife Service office may be able to advise on how to tackle this problem. Alternatively, contact the Environment Line by:

See the ‘More information’ on this page to access the list of National Parks and Wildlife Service offices.