Feral cat and fox control at Tableland

Feral cat and fox control at Tableland

There are no foxes at Tableland.  The population of feral cats is unknown.

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 Tableland (in conjunction with our management of Mornington-Marion Downs), AWC is leading the way in developing a strategy for limiting their impact:

  • We protect ground cover by controlling feral herbivores 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.
  • From our base 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.
  • AWC has collared more than 40 cats with GPS tracking devices.
  • On Tableland, the density of feral cats and dingos is being monitored annually using camera-trap arrays.
  • Cat density is being measured using spatially explicit capture-recapture modelling where individual cats are identified from camera trap images using unique fur patterns.