Ferrets (Mustela furo) are a Class 1 declared pest animal in Queensland. Class 1 pests established in Queensland are subject to eradication from the state. It is a serious offence to introduce, keep or supply a Class 1 pest without a permit issued by the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries. Penalties of up to $60,000 apply.

It is also an offence to release a Class 1 animal into the environment. Other Australian states also have restrictions on keeping ferrets as pets.

Ferrets are slender-bodied carnivorous mammals that are native to Europe. They are a descendant of the polecat and a member of the mustelid family, which includes stoats, weasels, badgers, skunks, otters and minks.

Author Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, QLD
Date null
Year 2008
Publisher Queensland Government
Notes Notes
Region QLD
Links https://www.dpi.qld.gov.au/cps/rde/dpi/hs.xsl/4790_8281_ENA_HTML.htm