On the frontline between feral cats and Aussie critters

What’s your perspective on feral cats?

The reason I ask, and am keen to get the thoughts of people from across the e NACC NRM region, is because I have been invited this week to represent Australia’s 56 regional NRM groups on a new national Feral Cats Taskforce.

The Taskforce aims to help eradicate millions of feral cats from across the Australian countryside – a key goal of the Australian Government’s recently released Threatened Species Strategy.


I’m looking forward to engaging with its other members – representatives from state and territory governments, universities and research institutions, non-government organisations, and individual feral animal experts and other key stakeholders – to hear their solutions. But also to hearing from other interested people, especially those in the bush at the “frontline” between feral cats and our threatened native fauna.

What we’re up against

The challenge that we’re trying to address: is how to tackle the feral cat problem and their impact on Australian wildlife – particularly our threatened species. Feral cats are a huge issue in the Australian bush, implicated in many past extinctions and current threatened species’ declines.

So what works? What doesn’t work? What’s humane? What’s not humane? How can we manage this issue in the best possible manner. I’ll be talking to as many people as I can before I engage with the Taskforce to ensure we have all of the “right” information at our disposal.

NACC is also keen to be doing its best to be “part of the solution”, working alongside relevant state agencies, local authorities, our neighbouring regional NRM groups, and various other sub-regional and community groups and organisations.

I’m sure our characteristic Aussie birds, mammals, reptiles and frogs will thanks us for our collaborative effort.

Richard McLellan


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Dear Sir,
You won’t control feral cats (if that’s even now possible) until you control domestic cat owners. There appears to be almost zero understanding or concern from cat owners about the effect of this species on native fauna, because I see cats running around outside at night, every where I go, and every time some well intentioned politician proposes moderate legislation to compel owners to control their ‘pets’, there is a howl of protest from cat ‘lovers’. I’m a member of a registered shooting organisation, and we’d be happy cull feral cats on public land, but unfortunately the green movement (of which I consider myself a member) and especially CALM are heavily biased against us, for no sensible reason, simply because they don’t like ‘guns’. They therefore reject and lose a large and valuable control resource.

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