Sherbrooke Forest lies within the Shire of
Yarra Ranges .
For many years prior to 1996, predation of
forest animals by local cats and (packs of) dogs, as well as by
roaming foxes, was common. In particular the lyrebird population
had been shrinking at an alarming rate .
An approach to then Shire of Sherbrooke
resulted in the Animal Control Local Law being enacted. This
requires residents to restrain animals in order to, amongst other
things, "protect the welfare of native/indigenous wildlife,
domestic and farm animals". This law can be accessed on
Ranges Shire Council website
Parks Victoria also has an agenda for
controlling stray animals so that, all in all, we have been
pleased to note an increase in lyrebird numbers over the years
despite some continuing predation. We can be certain of this as
these birds are closely monitored by the
Sherbrooke Lyrebird Group .
Although there are no figures, we assume that
other animals such as possums, smaller birds, antechinus and others
will have been bothered less by introduced predators.