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Uptake of feral cat baits in Eastern Australia

Fancourt, Bronwyn A. and Speed, James and Gentle, Matthew (2016) Uptake of feral cat baits in Eastern Australia. In: 5th Queensland Pest Animal Symposium, Townsville.

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Abstract

Feral cats threaten wildlife, livestock and humans through predation, competition and disease. Controlling feral cat populations and their impacts over broad scales, however, is challenging. We performed a feral cat baiting trial in Taunton National Park (Scientific) in central Queensland to (1) test the efficacy of the Queensland 'Curiosity 1080 Cat Bait', and (2) measure bait uptake by target and non-target species. Over 14 days, 54% of 50 monitored baits were removed by non-target species, with 46% removed in the first 4 days. Most baits were taken by birds, with corvids removing more than half of all baits taken. Cameras used to monitor baits did not detect any feral cats consuming or removing baits, although several cats were detected interacting with baits. The lack of bait uptake by feral cats together with movement data obtained from cat-borne GPS collars suggests that track-based baiting operations are unlikely to be effective at controlling feral cat populations in these environs. We discuss the implications of our findings and recommend approaches to improve the efficacy of feral cat baiting programs in eastern Australia.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Business groups:Biosecurity Queensland
Subjects:Science > Invasive Species > Animals
Science > Invasive Species > Animals > Animal control and ecology
Science > Invasive Species > Animals > Impact assessment
Deposited On:19 Jan 2017 00:40
Last Modified:19 Jan 2017 00:40

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