Another interesting article on feral cats

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Subject: Another interesting article on feral cats
From: John Harris <>
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2015 00:22:52 +0000
Hi All,
back in April they was many emails castigating the Government and
researchers on not doing anything / or enough in terms of feral cat
control, to which I said at the time that people needed to "wake up" to
watch was actually happening.

This has come from the Threatened Species Commissioner, via their facebook
page. Hopefully everybody will now be a bit more informed....

[image: Threatened Species Commissioner's photo.]
Threatened Species Commissioner
Yesterday at 07:00
 · Edited

We took another important step last month in the Department’s work towards
a new, humane bait for feral cat control – Curiosity® was submitted for
registration with the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines
Authority, after more than seven years of field trials, laboratory tests
and research.

This has been a long-term project because we want to get it right. We want
to reduce the suffering of native birds, mammals and reptiles that are
killed and maimed by this introduced species, but in a way that is humane
to feral cats.

There are two key differences between Curiosity® and other baits. The first
is its main ingredient, para-aminopropiophenone, a toxin that acts in a
similar way to putting feral cats to sleep, so they die peacefully. It has
been registered in New Zealand for control of feral cats and stoats since
2011 so, while it’s new here, it has a history of use elsewhere. Its
development is also supported by animal welfare groups such as the RSPCA.
The second difference is how it’s delivered – in a pellet form that feral
cats will swallow but most other native species can’t or won’t.

Curiosity® is one of many tools we’ll be using to meet our feral cat
targets under Australia’s ‪#‎ThreatenedSpecies‬
<> Strategy.
It will be used selectively, with care, mostly in the central and southern
parts of the country, and only in areas where it won’t impact on domestic
cats. I’m glad to see it reach this new stage in its development, and will
be watching its progress closely.

*Yours in all things* "*GREEN"*

*John Harris BASc, GDipEd*
*Croydon, Vic*
*Director - Wildlife Experiences Pty Ltd*
*Principal **Zoologist/**Ecologist*
*Nature Photographer*
*Wildlife Guide*

*Past President, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria*
*( <>)*

On 7 April 2015 at 21:20, Charles <> wrote:

> Thanks David.
> I've been going to Nightcap National Park in Northern NSW for about 20
> years and I've noticed fewer and fewer pademelons over the years.
> Some of the biggest feral cats I've seen are in Nightcap NP.
> Cheers,
> Charles Hunter
> +61 402 907 577
> > On 7 Apr 2015, at 5:13 pm, David Clark <>
> wrote:
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