Although cage trapping is considered an ineffective tool for large areas, it may be useful in urban/residential areas where domestic cats are present, or where populations have already been reduced and individual cats need to be targeted. In urban/residential areas cage traps are preferred over leg hold traps as fewer injuries are sustained, non-target animals can be released unharmed and trapped feral cats can be transported away from the area for euthanasia. Padded jaw leg-hold traps should only be used at sites where the animal can be destroyed by shooting whilst still held in the trap. Leg-hold traps may be more effective than cage traps for hard to-catch-cats that have had minimal exposure to humans. (Refer to Trapping of feral cats using padded-jaw traps ).
This standard operating procedure (SOP) is a guide only; it does not replace or override the legislation that applies in the relevant state or territory jurisdiction. The SOP should only be used subject to the applicable legal requirements (including OH&S) operating in the relevant jurisdiction.
|Reference type||Policy Document|
|Publisher||Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre|
|Institution||Invasive Animals CRC|
|Region||Australia - national|
CAT002: Trapping of feral cats using cage traps [720 kb PDF]