Feral cat and fox control at Pungalina-Seven Emu

Feral cat and fox control at Pungalina-Seven Emu

There are no foxes at Pungalina.  The population of feral cats is unknown, although the density appears to be low.  A scientifically rigorous estimate of cat densities will be established through camera trap surveys. 

Across Australia, feral cats are killing tens of millions of native animals every night.  At this point in time, there is no effective mechanism for eradicating cats at a landscape level.  However, at Pungalina-Seven Emu and other properties, AWC is leading the way in developing and implementing a strategy for limiting their impact:

  • We protect ground cover by controlling feral herbivores (see below) and delivering effective fire management – this limits the impact of feral cats by ensuring native animals have more cover and easier access to food.
  • We protect dingo populations because dingoes influence the behaviour of feral cats by harassing and sometimes killing them.
  • Targeted shooting of feral cats is undertake, where possible. 
  • In conjunction with our cat research based at Mornington-Marion Downs, we are undertaking Australia’s largest feral cat research program in an attempt to unlock the secret to eradicating feral cats.
  • On Pungalina-Seven Emu, detailed research on cat densities will commence in 2014.