CAT003: Trapping of feral cats using padded-jaw traps

Live trapping followed by euthanasia is one of the main methods of feral cat control currently used. 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. Refer to Trapping of feral cats using cage traps. Leg hold (padded-jaw) 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 mimimal exposure to humans.

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.

Author Sharp, T.
Year 2016
Publisher Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre
Institution Invasive Animals CRC
Pages 8
Notes CAT003
Control method Trapping
Region Australia - national
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