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Feral cat declaration

Aug 06, 2018
 
Feral Cat Hunting. Helen Achurch (CISS) Feral Cat on the hunt
Photo:Helen Achurch
(Centre for Invasive Species Solutions)

Protecting Victoria's Biodiversity

On 26 July 2018, the Andrews Labor Government declared the feral cat as an established pest animal in an attempt to protect Victoria’s precious biodiversity and threatened wildlife.

The feral or wild population of cats (Felis catus) (feral cat) was declared an established pest animal on specified Crown land in Victoria under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994.

The feral cat declaration only applies to areas of Crown Land where feral cat management is of high priority for the protection of biodiversity and minimise the risk to free-roaming domestic cats.

Feral cats have not been declared an established pest on private land. This still allows private land owners to still manage cats roaming on their property but they will not be required to do this.

Recreational hunters will not be permitted to hunt feral cats on Crown land, unless they are accredited volunteers operating in control programs managed by Parks Victoria or the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

Feral cats have a major impact on Victoria’s biodiversity and are one of the most significant threats to our native wildlife.  Feral cats are estimated to kill 466 million reptiles and 272 million birds in Australia every year.  The declaration is an important milestone in protecting  them. 

Find out more in the information in the Feral Cat Declaration information sheet.

 

Successful Feral Cat project example

Port Phillip & Westernport CMA (PPWCMA) created this video as part of their Ramsar Protection Program.  It shows how Phillip Island Nature Parks have been managing a successful feral cat project along the coastal fringes of Phillip Island for the past five years.

This program has removed more than 100 feral cats since 2013 and contributed to protecting migratory and resident shorebirds, and other native wildlife, that utilise the coastal zone near Observation Point, Rhyll Inlet, Churchill Island and Fishers Wetland.




National Feral Cat management survey

The Australian Government has enlisted RMIT University to assess the national effort managing feral cats.

This project aims to determine the extent of feral cat control that is occurring across Australia, and to estimate the number of feral cats that are removed from the environment each year. This project also seeks to understand how efforts to control feral cats are changing over time.

We are encouraging the public to get involved and complete the short survey which will help to build a better understanding of the national effort to manage impacts of Feral Cats.

Survey closes August 22.

Survey for organisations: http://bit.ly/FeralCatSurvey-Orgs 
Survey for oindividuals: http://bit.ly/FeralCatSurvey-Individuals