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

September 15, 2014

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

In Australia, they prey on hundreds of species of birds, mammals and reptiles and have contributed to the extinction of more than 20 mammal species.

Some stray and pet cats are natural born killers also and are a potential threat to endangered species that live in urban areas, like the western ringtail possum in Busselton, WA and the southern brown bandicoot in south eastern Melbourne.

Associate Professor Mike Calver from Murdoch University and Tim Doherty, PhD candidate at Edith Cowan University, say it is important to distinguish between the different categories of cats in order to work out how to manage their populations and their impacts.

Their article for The Conversation can be viewed here.

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