Oz declares war on feral cats
AUSTRALIA HAS declared a war on feral cats with federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt calling for a cull of two million feral cats to save threatened wildlife. "By 2020, I want to see two million feral cats culled, five new islands and 10 new mainland areas as safe havens, free of feral cats, and control measures applied across 10 million hectares," said Hunt recently at a wildlife summit in Melbourne, where he launched the "Threatened Species Strategy". Hunt noted that feral cats had contributed to the extinction of 27 mammal species and were threatening the survival of another 120 species such as numbats, bandicoots, betongs and the boobook owl. Hunt added that US $4.8 million would be spent to cull the cats.