Feral Cats Kill Night Parrot.

Subject: Feral Cats Kill Night Parrot.
From: brian fleming <>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 20:11:24 +1100
It sounds like a case for an unofficial blow-pipe and poisoned dart set-up... If you recover the dart and cut out adjacent area, I'm told the meat is edible, so might not poison anything else. No, I don't know what poison is used by Dyaks and South American Indians - strychnine? Frogs? Advantage is, no noise, so it can be used several times in succession without alarming prey.

I recall when I was 10 we visited a farm near Mt Arapiles (nth of Grampians). All the fences had dead Wedgetails strung up on them, because it was well-known that they killed sheep and calves. Our hosts were most enthusiastic about the then new Rabbit poison 1080. Not only did it kill the rabbits, but it killed everything that ate rabbits -"We've picked up so many foxes and hawks and eagles, it's marvellous!"

I have had doubts about poison ever since. And I may be a city person, but I am well aware how large feral cats can grow and what an utter menace they are.

Anthea Fleming

On 18/02/2015 6:07 PM, Barney Enders wrote:
Phil the dead cats next to the road kill are also road kill and it is not
unusual to see the carcase of the roo moving after everything has fled and a

will appear from inside the rib cage.

People in the cities do not realize how big some of these cats grow living
on high protein diets in the wild, a tom can average over 6 Kg and female 4
to 5 kg

monsters have been caught with huge dimensions weighing 20 kg ( 50 lb ) and
with tails 600 to 700 ml long , held at shoulder height their noses will
touch the ground.

They average two litters a year and more if food is unlimited, some have
been found with 25 skinks, dragons etc as well as grasshoppers, scorpions
etc in their gut.

There is other problems facing the eradication of the feral cats and that is
Bureaucrats and Bleeding Hearts, when talking to a ranger at "Adel Grove" he
was telling me
about the biggest cat he had ever seen and when asked why he did not shoot
it he stated that time he gets permission from head office to fire a gun in
N. P. it was days

wasted and not worth all the paper work.

I have a good mate that was talking to the top man in the appropriate
apartment in  Victoria about getting a contract to poison Foxes on
Government controlled Waste

Water Farms where they were losing many lambs, he was advised to put in a
submission but was asked  " To write slowly as we don't have a clue what we
are doing "

I passed the newspaper article to a mate in Melbourne and he tells me of his
friends who were travelling through "Mungo National  Park"  N S W and ranger
told them of seeing

three wild cats bring down a roo, it was a first for them.

They had been trapping dozens and putting them down humanely as by the book.

Someone (Greenies) decided there must be a better way ?????

Their traps have been in the shed for month until someone decides what to

Very sad but typical of the dudes that now run Oz, to many decisions being
made by inner city latte sippers that don't know dirt from clay.

This is not a new problem it has been epidemic for years, 30 years ago the
army were brought in to shoot the cats sitting in the Letter-winged Kites
nests around the Birdsville area.


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