Oz de­clares war on feral cats

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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.

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