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.