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Feral cats and fox control at Brooklyn
Foxes are effectively absent from Brooklyn Sanctuary (happily, they do not fare well in the tropics).
The population of feral cats is unknown. Feral cats present a major threat to wildlife populations, particularly in more open areas. AWC is monitoring the population of feral cats on Brooklyn sanctuary in order to assess the level of this threat on this sanctuary so that control programs can be implemented accordingly.
Feral cats work in synergy with other threats: for example, AWC research at Mornington Sanctuary has shown that they concentrate on the edge of fire scars, and in heavily grazed areas, to prey on wildlife that is deprived of cover.
In the absence of broad scale direct control methods, our strategy at Brooklyn is to limit the impact of cats by reducing the scale of wildfires and protecting ground cover removing feral herbivores.