Feral cat and fox control at Paruna

Feral cat and fox control at Paruna

Foxes and cats are common in the region and have a devastating effect on wildlife.  They have been a primary cause of the regional extinction of many small-medium sized mammals, including in national parks.

However, Paruna is the site of an intensive feral animal control program implemented in conjunction with the adjacent national parks (Walyunga and Avon Valley).  The reduction in fox densities, in particular, has benefitted species such as the Black-flanked Rock-wallaby, the Tammar Wallaby and the Chuditch. 

AWC’s feral predator control activities at Paruna include:

  • The establishment and maintenance of a fence which limits access by foxes and cats (and herbivores) along the southern boundary, separating high quality bushland on Paruna from adjacent farmland. 
  • Baiting and trapping of feral predators within the sanctuary.  Fox baiting occurs bi-monthly.  Cat trapping is ongoing (11 feral cats were removed in 2014).