Birding-Aus Digest, Vol 16, Issue 18

To: Julie Lake <>
Subject: Birding-Aus Digest, Vol 16, Issue 18
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:59:56 +1100
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> On 21 Feb 2015, at 11:09 am, Julie Lake <> wrote:
> There is little point agitating for the destruction of feral cats - to make
> a vdery bad pun: that cat is already long out of the bag. Nobody but a
> prescient few of us true nature-lovers and ecological scientists really care
> 2. It would take a concerted effort at both federal AND state AND local
> government levels - impossible to co-ordinate
> 3. There are already so many millions of cats out there, in every kind of
> habitat except (possibly) the high peaks of the Australian Alps that to
> cull by shooting, baiting or any other direct kill method is just not
> possible.
> The only way we could rid ourselves of this dreadful pest is to use the
> same sort of biological control as used with rabbits - with all the dangers
> that come with this method (assuming that such a control could be found -
> and funded).  And, at the same time, ban the keeping of cats as domestic
> pets throughout Australia.  Sterilisation just isn't good enough - people
> ignore the regulation and it's amazing how many litters of kittens a couple
> of no-sterilised cats can produce.
> Perhaps, using a combination of methods, we could significantly reduce
> feral cat numbers - but I doubt it.
> I believe this particular pest has already had a significantly adverse
> affect on our bird populations, as well as on populations of small mammals
> and reptiles.  It will continue to do so.  We can only hope that at least
> some of the more vulnerable bird species will be able to evolve
> defence/evasion strategies before they are driven to extinction.
> Julie Lake
> Tamborine Mountain

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