Livestock & Wildlife

Owners of livestock in Denmark are responsible for ensuring their fences and gates are capable of containing their animals within the boundaries of the property.

Livestock wandering onto either public land or other private property may cause accident or injury and owners are liable for any damages. Should rangers be called upon to remove stock from the road or impound livestock the owner will incur poundage fees and an infringement.



Ranger Services are trained and have a licence for the capture and relocation of snakes, they will also handle injured or dead kangaroos but generally don’t deal with wildlife.

Wildlife is managed by DPAW - Department of Parks and Wildlife who have their own rangers: The Walpole Office can be contacted on telephone 9840 0400 or visit their website at

Some Commonly Asked Questions

What do I do if I see a dead kangaroo? 

Report it to Shire of Denmark Ranger Services and arrangements will be made for its removal.

What if I find an injured kangaroo?

Shire of Denmark Ranger Services can assess whether the kangaroo is able to be assisted medically or not. It may have a Joey in which case we will need to give it to a wildlife carer.

What if I have problems with bees ?

Do not upset or stir them. Leave them alone and call a professional.

What do I do if I find a snake in my house or garden?

Do not approach or aggravate it in any way.  Most bites occur when people accidentally step on snakes or while attempting to kill them.  As warmer days approach, snakes become more active as they leave their winter retreats in search of a mate and food.

Venomous Dugites and Tiger snakes are the most common in the Great Southern area, both species hunt small mammals, frog and lizards and are active during the day and at night in warm weather.


                                 Dugite Snake                                                                          Tiger Snake

Take precautions around the house by keeping grass short, remove items laying around the garden such as corrugated iron, trim up your trees and shrubs off the ground, which may provide cover for snakes.  Snakes are attracted to chook pens and other locations where mice can be found.  Reduce mice numbers around the house and shed.  Bait stations are safe to use if you have small children or pets.

Learn the correct treatment for snake bite (first aid information from St John)

If you find a snake in a garden or house, contact Wildcare Helpline  (08) 9474 9055  to be referred to a reptile remover or search online for a snake removal service near you.  Advice can be provided by phoning the Parks and Wildlife on  (08) 9219 9840.

Shire Rangers can be called out to catch and relocate a snake on your property, by calling the Shire on 98480300, please be advised there is a fee.  To view the Shires Fees & Charges on the shires website link 

There are local people in our community that have a Parks & Wildlife Licence for snake removal.

              Levi Freeman    -    0467 039949                              Guy House     -     0419 954752                 

Animal Ark Wildlife Education and Training - Snake Avoidance Training for Dogs can be contacted on  0466 688188