New techniques for feral cat management: biological, chemical or fertility control?

Predation by feral cats is formally recognised as a threatening process to many Australian species and ecological communities. However, few studies have measured the
actual impacts of feral cat predation on the viability of prey population, or the degree of competition between feral cats and other predators. The development of cost-effective and acceptable feral cat control techniques is essential to manage the threatening processes where known, but also for the qualification of the threatening process. Innovative biological, fertility and chemical control approaches have been proposed as potential techniques for feral cat control in Australia. In this paper we outline our rationale for developing a target-specific and humane toxicant for feral cats. The reasons for taking this approach over other options are discussed with reference to the political, environmental and social risks and ultimate public acceptability of feral cat management techniques.

Author Fisher, P., Marks, C.A. and Johnston, M.
Date null
Year 2001
Secondary title 12th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference
Place published Conference Location
Publisher Department of Natural Resources and Environment, V
Pages 150-155
Notes Notes
Region VIC