Task force to tackle feral cat problem
The Exmouth Cape Conservation Group has teamed up with the Department of Parks and Wildlife to protect the region’s native wildlife from feral cats.
DPaW nature conservation coordinator Derek Sandow described the union as a “twopronged effort”.
“We’re basically just providing the field work and the expertise in the removal of cats and they’ll be managing the strategies about just getting the message out to the public,” he said.
CCG president Susie Bedford said messages would focus on educating cat owners on how to prevent their pets from being a part of the problem.
“CCG will be producing an education brochure about feral cats and the need to make sure domestic cats are sterilised and measures are taken to ensure cats don’t prey on native ani- mals,” she said. “Any type of intervention to reduce the impact of feral animals such as cats and foxes is worthwhile if it reduces the number of feral animals that compete with and prey on native animals.”
Mr Sandow said feral cats posed such a problem because they were skilled predators that were only introduced to the ecosystem relatively recently and native animals had not adapted enough to evade them.
Feral cats pose a huge threat to the region’s native wildlife.