1080 a horrorshow

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Subject: 1080 a horrorshow
Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2001 15:47:37 +0800
Michael Norris asked :
> I guess that thread petered out because of the switch to a
> canine - the fox.  But what about the susceptibility to
> 1080/fluroacetate of cats ? 

1080 works very well on cats, but .....

Cats generally don't take baits, and almost never will dig up a buried 
bait which is a common baiting practice for foxes.

There has been extensive research done on the Peron Peninsula at Shark Bay 
about baiting.  They very quickly controlled the foxes and goats using 
1080, trapping, the SAS!, and other means including building an electric 
fence across the full width of the peninsula.  But they had problems with 
the cats.  It seems that cats only resort to the baits (from an aerial 
dropping program) during a small period of the year when food is in short 
supply.  They are continuing research on how to catch cats.  One trial 
that they tried at the Argyle Diamond Mine was a baited cage with a taped 
call of kittens!

The SAS?  Apparently as a survival exercise members of the SAS were 
dropped into the peninsula and had to survive for about a week.  They were 
allowed to kill any feral animals, so they learnt to track the goats, 
foxes, cats, etc.
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