New bait tar­gets feral cats

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - South Perth -

EN­VI­RON­MENT Min­is­ter Al­bert Ja­cob and some na­tive species vis­ited the Keiran McNa­mara Con­ser­va­tion Science Cen­tre in Kens­ing­ton last Fri­day to cel­e­brate a sci­en­tific break­through in the con­trol of feral cats.

Mr Ja­cob said feral cat pop­u­la­tions had filled the void left by fall­ing fox num­bers.

Af­ter a decade of re­search, the Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife will use the new bait Erad­i­cat.

“I am de­lighted to have a new weapon to save na­tive species in the wild,” Mr Ja­cob said. Re­search sci­en­tist Dave Al­gar said the taste of the bait was es­sen­tial to en­tice cats.

The sausage-shaped baits con­tain kan­ga­roo mince, chicken fat and flavour­ings and the 1080 poi­son.

This poi­son is ef­fec­tive for in­tro­duced species be­cause it oc­curs nat­u­rally in the bush so na­tive species have evolved a higher tol­er­ance to it. The Aus­tralian Pes­ti­cides and Ve­teri­nary Medicines Author­ity reg­is­tered the Erad­i­cat prod­uct for wide­spread use.

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