Invasive Species

Cats came to Australia with European settlers not 17th-Century shipwrecks, two studies say

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

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Feral cats have only been in Australia for 200 years, but have decimated native wildlife in that time. Andrew Cooke, Invasive Animals CRC

Feral cats in Australia are descended from animals that arrived after European settlement, confirming their devastating impact on local wildlife, researchers say.

Decline and extinction of Australian mammals

Friday, February 20, 2015

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This recent scientific report (Jan 2014) shows how Australia’s land mammals have extinctions suffered an  extraordinary rate of extinction. We have lost over 10% of the 273 endemic terrestrial species over the last 200 years compared to only one native land mammal from continental North America going extinct since European settlement.

Threatened species given lifeline by new bait developed to kill feral cats

Friday, January 30, 2015

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West Australian researchers spent 10 years developing bait of poison mixed with kangaroo mince and chicken fat to appeal to notoriously fussy feline palates

Ferals, strays, pets: how to control the cats that are eating our wildlife

Monday, September 15, 2014

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A feral cat in the bush. Tim Doherty

Feral domestic cats are a global threat to biodiversity and were recently named as the biggest threat to endangered Australian mammals.

But what about your pet cat, or the local stray? While any kind of domestic cat can kill wildlife, there’s no “one size fits all” way to manage their impact.