When cats turn bushranger: A case study of policy and planning a pest eradication

Michael Johnston, David Stephenson, Julie Trezise, Vaughn Thompson, Elizabeth Znidersic, Ben Fox, John Naylor, Marlenne Rodriguez-Malagon

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    Abstract

    Feral Cats Felis catus impact native wildlife species through direct predation and transmission of parasites. In July 2018, the Government of Victoria declared Feral Cats to be a pest in specific Crown land tenures and subsequently made changes to regulations to provide opportunity for use of additional control tools. This coincided with an Australian Government initiative to create Feral Free Safe Havens on islands and fenced exclosures. French Island was one of the islands nominated in this strategy and has had over 1100 Feral Cats removed since 2010. In conjunction, there has been increased awareness throughout the island community about the responsibilities of Domestic Cat owners. This paper presents the current regulatory environment and discusses how it impacts on a proposal to eradicate the Feral Cat population on French Island, Victoria.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)228-239
    Number of pages11
    JournalVictorian Naturalist
    Volume137
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

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