It is important that Melbourne residents continue to act to minimise the threat of new invasive species integrating their way into the environment, according to the Department of Primary Industries.
Accidental or deliberately releasing pests back into the environment can potentially cause serious environmental damage, the department said in a recent report.
They are urging people to report any unusual animals to their hotline as there are many pests that are posing a significant threat to the Victorian and Melbourne environment.
This is partly due to these pests ability to adapt to Australian environmental conditions and their ability to breed quickly.
The DPI is stressing that any importing, keeping, selling or releasing of pest animals is illegal without a permit.
However they have said that in some circumstances they can provide permits to import, keep, sell or release declared pest animals for specific purposes.
These pest animals will have to have conditions applied to them once the permit is granted.
Conditions vary between permit types and it must be ensured that the pest animal is kept in secure and caring conditions by a person that is able to keep the pest properly.
The DPI will not consider the importation or exportation of a pest animal until it has been approved by the state or territory it is being sent to or coming from.
The population of pest animals such as foxes, rabbits, feral dogs, pigs and goats can cause millions of dollars in damage to the environment and agricultural industry each year.
Landholders and government authorities spend millions more each year in attempting to implement effective control and minimise the impact of pests in Melbourne. Especialy for St Kilda West Pest Control .
The DPI conducts its permits under the main legislation in Melbourne regarding plant and Pest management in Melbourne, the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994.
Under this act certain species of animals can be declared as pests.
The main aim of the Act is to protect production, land and the community from invasive species in Victoria.