Task force to tackle feral cat prob­lem

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham

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.

Pic­ture: Derek Sandow

Feral cats pose a huge threat to the re­gion’s na­tive wildlife.

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