Feral cats a declared pest on crown land, alpine resorts
FERAL cats have been declared an established pest animal by the State Government with the aim to “protect Victoria’s precious biodiversity and threatened wildlife”.
The declaration applies to areas of crown land managed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Parks Victoria, Phillip Island Nature Parks, and Victoria’s four Alpine Resorts: Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board, Mount Buller and Mount Stirling Alpine Resort Management Board, Falls Creek Alpine Resort Management Board, and Southern Alpine Resort Management Board (responsible for Lake Mountain and Mount Baw Baw alpine resorts).
Feral cat control will be implemented by department and agency staff and their agents to protect threatened wildlife most at risk from feral cats.
Feral cats are a threat to some of Victoria’s most critically-endangered native wildlife, such as the Mountainpygmy Possum, Helmeted Honeyeater, Orange-bellied Parrot and Plains Wanderer, and are estimated to kill 466 million reptiles and 272 million birds in Australia every year.
Feral cats will not be declared as a pest animal on private land, meaning farmers and other private landholders will not be required to control feral cats and private land owners will still be able to manage cats roaming on their property in accordance with current laws.
Recreational hunters will not be permitted to hunt feral cats on Crown land, unless they are accredited volunteers operating in control programs managed by Parks Victoria or the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.