| Feral Cats in Australia
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Feral cats live, hunt and reproduce in the wild.
They have the body shape, acute senses and fine coordination perfectly suited for stalking and capturing prey.
These traits have allowed feral cats to adapt to some of Australia’s harshest conditions and invade almost all parts of the continent.
Feral cats need large amounts of fresh meat to survive and reproduce. In Australia they mainly eat small native and exotic mammals, birds, lizards and insects.
About 80 endangered and threatened species are at risk from feral cat predation in Australia.
Feral cats also carry diseases which can affect humans and other animals.
AREA OF DISTRIBUTION
Feral Cats are widespread in all States & Territories of Australia.
PEST CONTROL OPTIONS
(1) Live cage trapping (2) Shooting (3) Baiting (4) Exclusion Fencing
Shooting is highly target-specific and can be used to remove feral cats from localised discrete areas.
Shooting is most frequently undertaken at night using spotlights and/or thermal sensors.
Feral cats may be attracted into the range of shooters by using a rabbit whistle in the same manner as used for foxes.
Feral Cat Pest Control Guide PDF
Feral Cat Ecology and Control Fact Sheet PDF
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