WA LAWS REGULATIONS REGARDING NATIVE FAUNA
Almost all native fauna in WA is protected by law and the following acts are ILLEGAL unless the appropriate license has been obtained:
- Taking from the wild, unless in need of care.
- Keeping in captivity EXCEPT for temporary care when sick, injured, orphaned or derelict UNTIL ready for release back into their native habitat. If the fauna is unable to be released, it either needs to be handed to a wildlife officer, with DPaW approval given to a person licensed to keep it or if unlikely to recover or fend for itself have it humanely destroyed.
- Releasing into an area where the animal/bird does not occur naturally. Keeping for breeding or holding for gain or reward.
- Using a trap or snare. Marking any wild fauna by means of rings, bands, dyes or any other means, e.g. wing-clipping, EXCEPT for veterinary reasons.
INJURY TO OR ILLEGAL TAKING OF NATIVE FAUNA MAY INVOKE A FINE OF UP TO $4,000 & IF LISTED AS ENDANGERED SPECIES MAY INVOKE A FINE OF UP TO $10,000.
Deptartment of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) needs to be notified within 72 hours of obtaining any fauna received into care that is declared to be notifiable fauna, e.g. rare fauna and all reptiles.
It is necessary to apply to DPaW’s Local Wildlife Officer (9725 5914) BEFORE deciding to pass over any fauna to a wildlife park, bird park, etc.
Fauna in care may NOT be displayed for gain (donations allowed). Injured fauna may not be displayed publicly. If it is desired to display fauna in care publicly, permission MUST be obtained from DPaW. Applications should be made via the FAWNA Committee at least one month before the planned display.
It is illegal to keep in captivity wildlife classified as vermin.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING WA WILDLIFE LAWS PLEASE REFER TO THE DPaW REGIONAL WILDLIFE OFFICER ON 9725 5914.