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Feral cat and fox control at Mount Zero-Taravale
Foxes are absent from Mount Zero-Taravale.
The population of feral cats is unknown, although spotlighting and camera trap surveys suggest that densities are low. Nevertheless, feral cats represent a major threat to wildlife populations, particularly in more open areas. Direct control methods are limited to opportunistic shooting.
Feral cats work in synergy with other threats: for example, AWC research at Mornington Sanctuary has shown that they concentrate on the edge of fire scars, and in heavily grazed areas, to prey on wildlife that is deprived of cover.
In the absence of broad scale direct control methods, our strategy at Mount Zero-Taravale is to limit the impact of cats by reducing the scale of wildfires and protecting ground cover by removing feral herbivores.