The latest round of feral animal control coordinated by Landcare SJ concentrated on the trapping of feral cats and foxes in semi-urban areas. Unfortunately, what was caught time and time again were pet cats roaming free at night time.
New cat laws
To be compliant with the new cat laws, all cat owners must ensure their cat is;
- Registered with the local council.
This encourages responsible cat ownership by;
- Reducing the number of unwanted cats being bred
- Allowing for cats found in a public place, or on private property to be seized
- Assisting with reuniting of lost cats with their owners.
The Peel Harvey Biosecurity Group supports individual landowners in the control of feral animals. This control includes the use of traps to capture foxes, cats, and rabbits. If a domestic cat is caught in a trap on private property it could be mistaken for a feral animal and disposed of, or alternatively can be handed over to the local government ranger to find the owner. The ranger will be able to track down the cat’s owners through its microchip (required by law). If the cat does not have a microchip the owners can be fined.
Cats impact on our native species, via direct predation, as well as spreading parasites and viruses. Feral cats are the same species as domestic cats (Felis catus) and have been identified in a CSIRO study as the primary cause of recent Australian mammal extinctions. [pullquote align=”left” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]A conservative estimate puts the total population of feral cats at approximately 4 million. This means feral cats are killing millions of native animals per day.[/pullquote]
Local, state and federal governments as well as conservation and Landcare organisations spend countless hours revegetating and re-establishing native wildlife into bushland. If you own a cat be responsible and keep it indoors, especially at night.
If you would like more information on the trapping of feral pests on your property you can contact the Peel Harvey Biosecurity Group at firstname.lastname@example.org .Further information on your local cat regulations in your area can be found on your local government website.
What is a pest?
The definition of a pest is a destructive insect or other animal that attacks crops, food, livestock, etc.
Animal pests, both vertebrates (backbone) and invertebrates (no backbone), can have an adverse impact on agriculture, the natural environment and even our lifestyle. Animal pests may be exotic animals which are introduced, either accidentally or deliberately. Native animals may also be pests in certain situations.