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Feral cat and fox control

Feral cat and fox control
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Feral cats kill millions of native animals every night and are found across Australia.  Unfortunately, there are currently no effective strategies for landscape-scale control of feral cats.  However, AWC is at the forefront of efforts to reduce the impact of cats. 

  • We are conducting the largest feral cat research program in Australia’s history in an attempt to unlock the secret to eradicating feral cats.
    • AWC has collared more than 50 cats with GPS tracking devices at Mornington-Marion Downs which has provided an in-depth understanding of their ecology and impacts.
    • We have developed the largest and most advanced monitoring program to more accurately measure cat densities using camera traps to identify individuals. The population of feral cats on Mornington-Marion Downs is estimated at approximately 1,200 cats.
    • AWC has two specially-trained feral-cat detector dogs at Mornington.
  • We protect ground cover by controlling feral herbivores and delivering effective fire management – this limits the impact of feral cats by ensuring native animals have more cover and easier access to food.
  • We protect dingo populations because dingoes influence the behaviour of feral cats by harassing and sometimes killing them.
  • We protect ground cover by controlling feral herbivores and delivering effective fire management – this limits the impact of feral cats by ensuring native animals have more cover and easier access to food.
  • We protect dingo populations because dingoes influence the behaviour of feral cats by harassing and sometimes killing them.
  • We are undertaking Australia’s largest feral cat research program in an attempt to unlock the secret to eradicating feral cats.
  • AWC has collared more than 40 cats with GPS tracking devices at Mornington-Marion Downs which has provided an in-depth understanding of their ecology and impacts.
  • We have developed the largest and most advanced monitoring program to more accurately measure cat densities using camera traps to identify individuals. The population of feral cats on Mornington-Marion Downs is estimated at approximately 1,200 cats.
  • AWC has two specially-trained feral-cat detector dogs at Mornington.
- See more at: http://australianwildlife.org/sanctuaries/mornington-marion-downs-sanctuary/feral-cats-and-foxes.aspx#sthash.GM5sAl7V.dpuf
  • We protect ground cover by controlling feral herbivores and delivering effective fire management – this limits the impact of feral cats by ensuring native animals have more cover and easier access to food.
  • We protect dingo populations because dingoes influence the behaviour of feral cats by harassing and sometimes killing them.
  • We manage more feral cat and fox-free areas on mainland Australia than any other organisation:
    • Scotia, in western NSW, contains a feral predator-free area of 8,000 hectares.  This is the largest fox and cat-free area on mainland Australia.
    • Yookamurra, in South Australia, is 1,100 hectares.
    • Karakamia, in Western Australia, is 250 hectares.
    • Mt Gibson (under construction) in Western Australia will contain a feral predator-free area of 7,800 hectares. 
  • We are undertaking Australia’s largest feral cat research program in an attempt to unlock the secret to eradicating feral cats.
- See more at: http://australianwildlife.org/field-programs/feral-cat-research#sthash.xdqLt5sP.dpuf
  • We protect ground cover by controlling feral herbivores and delivering effective fire management – this limits the impact of feral cats by ensuring native animals have more cover and easier access to food.
  • We protect dingo populations because dingoes influence the behaviour of feral cats by harassing and sometimes killing them.
  • We manage more feral cat and fox-free areas on mainland Australia than any other organisation:
    • Scotia, in western NSW, contains a feral predator-free area of 8,000 hectares.  This is the largest fox and cat-free area on mainland Australia.
    • Yookamurra, in South Australia, is 1,100 hectares.
    • Karakamia, in Western Australia, is 250 hectares.
    • Mt Gibson (under construction) in Western Australia will contain a feral predator-free area of 7,800 hectares. 
  • We are undertaking Australia’s largest feral cat research program in an attempt to unlock the secret to eradicating feral cats.
- See more at: http://australianwildlife.org/field-programs/feral-cat-research#sthash.xdqLt5sP.dpuf

Foxes are found in central and southern Australia, but not in most of northern Australia.  Along with cats, foxes are having a severe impact on native wildlife populations.  AWC implements a range of fox control measures including baiting, shooting and the use of M44s (special devices that inject poison only if triggered by foxes). 

A Camera Trap Captures Feral Cat With Native Wildlife No Credit
A camera trap captures a feral cat that has killed a small native mammal.

Feral predator-free fenced areas

One critical strategy for reducing the impact of foxes and cats is the establishment of large feral-free areas surrounded by conservation fences.  AWC is Australia’s leading proponent of conservation fencing.  We have established 3 substantial feral predator-free areas on mainland Australia and are currently establishing a fourth such area:

  • Scotia, in western NSW, contains a feral predator-free area of 8,000 hectares.  This is the largest fox and cat-free area on mainland Australia.
  • Yookamurra, in South Australia, is 1,100 hectares.
  • Karakamia, in Western Australia, is 250 hectares.
  • Mt Gibson in Western Australia, is 7,800 hectares.
  • Newhaven in the Northern Territory will establish a massive feral cat-free area covering at least 65,000 hectares. This will be the planet’s largest feral cat eradication project. 

In addition, AWC manages the 5,000 hectare, world heritage-listed Faure Island (at the time of the feral eradication program, this was the third largest island in the world from which cats had been eradicated).

Hugh Mcgregor Fitting A Radio On A Cat Credit W Lawler

Hugh McGregor fitting a radio-collar on a cat.