Feral cats tar­geted

Mansfield Courier - - PROPERTY -

AT the Threat­ened Species sum­mit in Mel­bourne re­cently, feral cats were tar­geted by En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Greg Hunt and Threat­ened Species com­mis­sioner Gre­gory An­drews.

Tar­gets in the re­leased threat­ened species strat­egy in­clude culling two mil­lion feral cats by 2020, cre­at­ing new safe havens for threat­ened species, restor­ing habi­tat and emer­gency in­ter­ven­tion for our most crit­i­cally en­dan­gered species.

Cats are highly adapt­able and highly vari­able, mean­ing a con­tin­ued search is re­quired to re­veal their Achilles heel by in­vest­ing in a wide range of con­trol meth­ods.

Ex­clud­ing cats, us­ing fenc­ing is an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant tool used to pro­tect threat­ened species, with new ex­clu­sion fenc­ing projects re­ceiv­ing sig­nif­i­cant fund­ing un­der the latest strat­egy.

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