Trap­ping and Track­ing to Tackle Tab­bies

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Horse And Pet News -

Hornsby Shire Coun­cil will ex­pand its feral cat trap­ping ef­forts and join the Cat Tracker Aus­tralia pro­gram, in an at­tempt to re­duce the im­pact of cats on our lo­cal na­tive wildlife.

Only feral cats will be tar­geted by the traps, which have been care­fully de­signed to cause no harm to the an­i­mals.

“If a do­mes­tic cat is cap­tured by one of the traps it will be im­me­di­ately re­turned to its owner. It is im­por­tant that do­mes­tic cats are mi­crochipped and regis­tered so we take them back to their home.” Hornsby Shire Mayor Philip Rud­dock said

When feral cats are cap­tured they will be hu­manely eu­thanased by a vet­eri­nar­ian. Coun­cil unan­i­mously voted for the mea­sures at this week’s meet­ing.

Cats in­flict a very heavy toll on our wildlife and it’s es­ti­mated they kill as many as 377 mil­lion birds in Aus­tralia each year.

The other fe­line­fo­cussed ini­tia­tive from the meet­ing was for Hornsby

Shire Coun­cil to join the Cat

Tracker Aus­tralia pro­gram.

This al­lows cat own­ers to place a GPS tracker on their cat to find out ex­actly how far they roam. It is a valu­able ed­u­ca­tional ex­er­cise for cat own­ers, one that is al­ready un­der­taken by a num­ber of coun­cils in our re­gion,. The ul­ti­mate goal is to raise aware­ness of the harm their cat might be do­ing and en­cour­age be­hav­iour change among pet own­ers.”

Both pro­pos­als were sug­gested by Coun­cil­lor Nathan Til­bury, whose cat Luna per­ma­nently stays in­side his house. “I’m clearly not a cat hater – I love my cat – but I am also aware of the dam­age cats can do to our frag­ile na­tive ecosys­tem,” Cr Til­bury said. “These are two small but im­por­tant steps to­wards re­duc­ing the ex­tent of that dam­age.”

In six months there will be a re­port to Coun­cil on the ef­fec­tive­ness of the in­creased trap­ping and the Cat Tracker pro­gram.

Cr Nathan Til­bury with his cat Luna

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