Keep your ferals out, and your domestics in.
In May 2019 Hastings Landcare ran a Feral Cat Workshop.
Feral cats have contributed to the extinction of at least 28 mammal species since they first arrived in Australia. They continue to wreak havoc to our native mammals, reptiles, frogs and birds. Feral cats are likely to feed on a wide variety of Australian native wildlife including 120 bird species, 156 reptiles, 58 marsupials, 24 rodents, 21 frogs, and five bats. At least 120 of these species occur on the NSW North Coast, and include known threatened species.
Domestic household cats also pose a major threat to our native wildlife. There is also significant scientific evidence in Australia that domestic cats also kill Australian native wildlife. Adequate feeding and desexing of your domestic cat is recommended, but it is unlikely to actually change their tendency to kill native wildlife. The best strategy to reduce these impacts is to confine your pet cats to their yard.
Guest speakers at the workshops will included local wildlife expert Bernard Whitehead, and representatives from Local Land Services, local government Rangers, and VET practitioners. Topics will include feral cat impacts, biology & behaviour, survey & control techniques, FeralScan reporting methods, responsible cat ownership and animal welfare.
This project is supported by the NSW Department of Primary Industries and Landcare NSW Incorporated through funding received from the Established Pest Animals and Weeds initiative, part of the Australian Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the government’s plan for stronger farmers and a stronger economy.