Domestic cats (Felis catus) were brought to Australia by the first European settlers from the late 18th century and feral populations quickly established. Feral cats are now common throughout most environments in Australia, including offshore islands.
Predation by feral cats is thought to have contributed to the extinction of small to medium-sized ground-dwelling mammals and ground-nesting birds in Australia’s arid zone, and to threaten the continued survival of native species that currently persist in low numbers. The eradication or long-term control of feral cats is therefore an essential part of restoring some native communities.
The Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre hosted a feral cat workshop in Melbourne on the 30th of November 2010. The objectives were to:
- Build common understanding about current / recent research and issues in feral cat management.
- Identify future needs for feral cat management research.
- Identify areas where strengthened collaboration will be beneficial.
Twenty-four participants attended from all states except Queensland and the Northern Territory. Three of the participants were from New Zealand. The group were mainly involved in the development of new tools, so the workshop did not aim to cover all areas associated with feral cats (which would have required more time and a greater number of participants).
|Secondary title||National Feral Cat Management Workshop|
|Author||Lane C, Bengsen A. and Murphy E. (Eds)|
|Institution||Invasive Animals CRC|
|Region||Australia - national|
|ISBN/ISSN||Web ISBN: 978-1-921777-68-4|