New bait targets feral cats
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.