trapping feral cats

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Subject: trapping feral cats
From: Vicki Powys <>
Date: Thu, 09 Aug 2001 10:12:44 +1000

I had some success catching feral cats using a possum trap (cage). Raw meat
bait used in the cage soon became fly-blown in warm weather, so I tried
using dry cat food hung in a small-meshed plastic-netting bag.  Worked a
treat!  One paw swipe at that bag tripped the cage door.  Cats were lured by
both raw meat and dry cat food.  This was Central Tablelands NSW.  Must be
hungrier than the cats in WA?

Vicki Powys

> on 7/8/01 5:47 PM,  at  wrote:

> 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!

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