Fight Against Feral Animals In the Northern Agricultural Region

Do you have rabbits, foxes and cats issues at your property? Are you trying to do something about it, but don’t know how to approach it?

If yes, why not join a group of passionate landholders near you, this season, who are determined to reduce the impact of these invasive pests on our region’s agricultural industry and natural environment.

Feral cats are a threat to the biodiversity of the NAR.
Feral cats are a threat to the biodiversity of the NAR. Picture: Sandra Rowe

Introduced European red foxes, rabbits and feral cats into Australian landscape continue to push Australian native species towards extinction. They are also threatening the sustainability of farming industry and communities in the Northern Agricultural Region.

According to Australia’s Environment Protection & Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999) and Threat Abatement Plan (2008), about 80 endangered and threatened species are at risk from feral cat predation in Australia.

Also a report by Pest Animal Control Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) estimates that the three major introduced vertebrate pests (foxes, rabbits and cats) cost Australia in excess of $480 million per year.

Reducing these invasive animals from the region is vitally important if we want to protect the unique biodiversity, and the sustainability of agricultural industry in our region.

As a response to the community needs, the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council through funding from the Australian Government National Landcare Programme is working with, and providing financial support – to five regional groups (West Midlands Group, Moora Milling Pasture Improvement Group, Mingenew Irwin Group, Perenjori Farming Forward, and Northampton Feral Eradication Group) to conduct a series of local Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes activities across the region.

According to NACC Regional Landcare Facilitator Stanley Yokwe, “supporting our community to run local Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes activities is a win-win situation,” he said.

“It will enable our local communities to – have an impact on the pests in their areas, it will help them raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS), and in fact they will also have great fun doing it.”

Under the Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes program, a $5 donation will be made by Stockbrands to the RFDS for every fox or feral cat culled during registered shoots.

The series of local Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes that will be happening across the NAR include:

Event: West Midlands Group Vermin Championship

Locations: Badgingarra and Eneabba

Date: 6 – 7 February 2016

Contact person: Jennifer Bairstow; Phone 9651 4008, jennifer@wmgroup.org.au

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Event: Miling’s Fox, Rabbits & Cats Shoot

Locations: Miling

Date: 13 February 2016

Contact person: Richard; Phone 9654 1009 or 0427 541 020

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Event: Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes Night Shoot

Locations: Mingenew

Date:  4 March 2016

Contact person: Helene Metzinger; Phone 9928 1646, Helene@mig.org.au

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Event: Perenjori Farming Forward, PJ vs Coorow Fox Shoot

Locations: Perenjori

Date:  11 March 2016

Contact person: Flora Danielzik; Phone 9973 1444, flora.danielzik@nacc.com.au

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Event: Northampton Feral Eradication Group’s feral animal control day

Locations: Northampton

Date: tbc

Contact person: Mary Ash 0427 343 062; mary.ash@westnet.com.au

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NACC thanks all the regional groups for their effective partnership, and wish them luck in their effort to combat the impact of feral animals on our region’s unique natural environment and agricultural industry.

 

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